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Dixie Softball, Inc.
Official Rule Guide
2014
OFFICIAL
TOURNAMENT
SOFTBALL FOR
DIXIE SOFTBALL
SINCE 2007
Visit our New Website
www.Pennantsports.com
5037 Highway 280 Suite 107 Birmingham, Alabama 35242
888.202.9808
2014 DIXIE SOFTBALL OFFICIAL RULES & REGULATIONS
Sports
In Memory of
Carson Faircloth
Established
1975
softball.dixie.org or www.dixie.org
TABLE OF CONTENTS
GENERAL INFORMATION
PAGE
Addresses of Officers, District, State and National Directors........................... 6-12
Creed......................................................................................................................12
Dates to Remember and State Meeting Dates and Places.........................12-15, 119
Democratic Action............................................................................................... 3-5
General Information, Supply Center...................................2, 3, 15, 20, 60, 118-120
Hall of Fame....................................................................................................20, 21
Intent of Organizers, Official Statement of Policy...............................................5, 6
Scholarships, Runners-Up, Sportsmanship Awards......................................... 21-23
Service Awards, Special Awards, Season Dedications..................................... 22-24
World Series Champions and Sites.................................................................. 15-20
PLAYING RULES
Ball in Play...................................................................................................... 57, 58
Base running, General...................................................................................... 49-56
Batting, General............................................................................................... 46-49
Dead Ball.........................................................................................................56, 57
Definitions........................................................................................................ 24-31
Eight Foot (8’) RADIUS Circle Rule..............................................................42, 43
Equipment/Uniforms/Safety............................................................................ 32-37
Game, General................................................................................................. 37-60
Pitching, General.............................................................................................. 43-46
Players/Substitutes........................................................................................... 37-40
Playing Field, General..................................................................................... 31-32
Protests and Appeals............................................................................ 40-42, 59, 60
Specific Playing Rules,
DIXIE ANGELS (TRADITIONAL and X-play)...................................... 75-80
DIXIE BELLES........................................................................................ 84-88
DIXIE DARLINGS................................................................................... 68-74
DIXIE DEBS............................................................................................. 84-88
DIXIE PONYTAILS (TRADITIONAL and X-play)................................ 80-84
DIXIE SWEETEES.................................................................................. 61-69
Time-outs.........................................................................................................58, 59
Umpires, Regular Season and Tournament......................................................60, 61
ORGANIZATIONAL RULES
Admission........................................................................................................97, 98
Age Classification..................................................................................................93
Boundaries....................................................................................................... 93-95
Child Abuse Molestation Risk, Management Program..........................................98
Conduct and Sportsmanship..................................................................................98
Forfeiture................................................................................................................97
League Organization........................................................................................ 88-92
Player and Coach Registration with District and State Directors..........................96
Team Rosters....................................................................................................92, 93
Player Selection...............................................................................................95, 96
Population........................................................................................................ 89-91
Schedules.........................................................................................................96, 97
Sponsors.................................................................................................................97
Website Information.............................................................................................120
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TOURNAMENT RULES
Admission............................................................................................................114
Affidavit, Requirement and Inspection...................................................... 105-107
Birth Records, Copies, etc.......................................................................... 105-107
Bracket Information, Miscellaneous Tournament Rules...................100, 101, 107
Check List....................................................................................................... 98, 99
Eligibility.......................................................................................................104,105
Equipment, Tournament........................................................115, 116, Back Cover
Financial Responsibility............................................................................. 102, 103
Game, Tournament.......................................................................................112-114
Insurance.................................................................... 113, 118, Inside Back Cover
Pitching, Tournament...................................................................................108-110
Protests and Appeals, Tournament..............................................................114-115
Replacing Players....................................................................................... 107, 108
Substitutions..................................................................................................110-112
Trophies and Awards......................................................... Inside Front Cover, 118
Umpires, Tournament..................................................................................... 60, 61
Uniforms, Tournament................................................................................116, 117
Violations.............................................................................................................118
DIXIE SOFTBALL, INC.
GENERAL INFORMATION
DIXIE SOFTBALL, INC. (DSI), is a youth softball program for girls eighteen (18)
years of age and younger, playing on a scaled-down diamond to meet the physical
development of the growing child. The main purpose of the program is to provide a
recreation outlet for as many as possible with emphasis on local league play rather
than tournament play.
The Incorporators of the program were: The late Ann Bradford, Minor Heights,
Alabama; George Desmond, River Bend, Alabama; James E. “Obie” Evans, Minor
Heights, Alabama; the late Leo Hamrick, Centreville, Alabama; Charles McCain,
Fultondale, Alabama; Carlton McWhorter, Midfield, Alabama; Bill Rotenberry,
Hueytown, Alabama; James J. “Jim” Swift, Hoover, Alabama; the late Charles
“Buddy” Wade, Brent, Alabama; the late Carol Warner, Cahaba Heights, Alabama;
and honorary Incorporator, Doug Turner of Pleasant Grove, Alabama. The
Incorporators, however, have no more voice in the operation of the program than any
of the elected members of the Board of Directors.
No DSI official or a member of their immediate family can profit financially from
their affiliation with Dixie Softball, Inc. or the game of softball.
Leagues affiliating themselves with this program must comply with a basic set
of rules and regulations as outlined in this booklet, but league officials will have
absolute autonomy on certain provisions such as: playing night games, interlocking
scheduling, exhibition games, double or single elimination in championship games
and matters concerning player selection systems, will be the responsibility of the
individual leagues involved.
The 1976 Board of Directors granted the States the right to charge a fee
for operating their programs of the State. The States have the right to charge
these fees and to penalize any league that does not pay their fees provided that
the State Constitution, authorizing such charges, is on file with the В­President.
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.While emphasis will be on local league play, there will be district tournaments,
state tournaments and a World Series, for the DIXIE SWEETEES DARLINGS,
ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS divisions, following the close of the
regular season.
DEMOCRATIC ACTION
.The Constitution provides for the election of the members of the National Board
of Directors, (the officers of the program, and the National and State Directors,) along
with the selection of the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS,
BELLES and DEBS World Series sites and all other tournament sites. If an intent to
bid for a World Series is not received by the designated date deadline the President
has the authority to select a World Series site for that particular World Series.
The 2009 DSI Board of Directors approved that each state in the program is
represented on the Board by the following: (a) a State Director from one (1) to two
hundred and ninety-nine (299) teams; (b) a State Director and one (1) National
Director beginning at three hundred (300) teams.
No relatives (by blood, marriage or other legal means) can serve on the DSI Board
of Directors at the same time.
The nominations for the National Directors are mailed or by electronic device to
the National President on or before April 1 each year and the President or a National
Board Member designated by the President shall conduct National Director elections.
The nominations for the State Directors are to be mailed or by electronic device to
the National Vice President on or before April 1 each year and the Vice President or a
National Board Member designated by the Vice President shall conduct State Director
elections. Nominations must be made by a league president or his representative and
must be from a league that franchised the previous year and is a league that franchises
as of April 1 of the current year. Any nomination received outside the aforementioned
parameters will be disallowed. The list of nominees is to be mailed by April 30 to
each renewed league that has franchised by April 1 of the current season and a mail
vote will elect the National and/or State Directors. May 15 is the postmark deadline
for leagues to return their ballots to the President and/or Vice President. Leagues will
be notified on the DSI web site (www.softball.dixie.org) about the election at least
forty-five (45) days prior to the election so that nominations can be submitted and
those nominated can be posted. If needed, a ballot will be sent out to the leagues so
a vote can be cast.
If there is not a proper nomination for a National or State Director submitted on
time from a state there will be no election. The members of the DSI National Board
of Directors (excludes the person whose term is up for election) from a particular
state that did not receive a proper nomination for either a National or State Director
shall select the person to serve the full term of the office that was up for election. If
there is not a member of the DSI National Board of Directors remaining (excludes
the person whose term is up for election) on the National Board from a state that
did not properly nominate someone for either the National or State Director the DSI
Executive Committee shall select the person to serve the full term of the office that
was up for election.
.The offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and all
Commissioners are free-standing positions. NOTE: DSI national directors may
continue to serve as a national director if elected to a national office. State Directors,
if elected to a national office, may complete his term as state director but must decide
the year of his election as state director whether he wants to continue as a state
director or continue to serve in his national officer position. If he chooses to run
for re-election as state director and is elected he will not be allowed to stand for re3
election to a national office until his re-elected term as a state director is completed.
He will be allowed to complete his current term as a national officer. If a state director
is appointed to fill a national office he will be allowed to run for re-election to his
state director position and serve the entire term and be elected as a national officer
at the next time national officer’s elections are due. However, when his re-election
for state director comes back around he must make the decision to run for re-election
as a state director or continue as a national officer. If re-elected as a state director
following his election as a national officer he will not be allowed to stand for reelection to a national office until his re-elected term as state director is completed.
Each National and State Director elected to the Board by a state shall be elected
to a three (3) year term. Each member elected shall receive a majority of votes cast.
Only leagues that franchised the previous season are eligible to vote for national and
state directors.
In states where an increase or decrease in the total number of teams changes and
therefore the number of eligible board members must be altered, the President will
advise what procedure to follow to accomplish the change. The new National Board
of Directors takes office at the Annual meeting of the Board of Directors. The officers
for the coming season(s) will be elected by the Board at the Annual meeting. The
term for all officers will be three (3) years.
The nominations for District Directors are mailed or by electronic device to the
State Director on or before July 1 each year (even numbered districts shall nominate
in even numbered years and odd numbered district shall nominate in odd numbered
years) and the State Director or a State Board Member designated by the State
Director shall conduct District Director elections. Nominations must be made by a
league president or his representative and must be from a league that franchised the
previous year and is a league that franchises as of April 1 of the current year. Any
nomination received outside the aforementioned parameters will be disallowed. В The
list of nominees is to be mailed by July 15 to each renewed league that was franchised
by April 1 of the current season and a mail vote will elect the District Directors.
Leagues within a district shall vote for their District Director only. July 31 is the
postmark deadline for leagues to return their ballots to the State Director. Leagues
will be notified on the DSI web site (www.softball.dixie.org) about the election at
least forty-five days prior to the election so that nominations can be submitted. If
needed, a ballot will be sent out to the leagues so a vote can be cast.
If there is not a proper nomination for a District Director submitted on time from
a league there will be no election. The State Director shall select the person to serve
the full term of the office that was up for election. Each District Director elected
shall be elected to a two (2) year term. Each District Director elected shall receive a
majority of votes cast. Only leagues that franchised the previous season are eligible to
vote district directors.В With the exception of school and church leagues, no National
Officer, National, State or District Director shall be permitted to participate in an
official capacity in any other organized youth softball program operating in more than
one (1) state. Complete qualifications for any person to be eligible for nomination,
election or appointment to any official position within DSI, above the local level, are
included in the By-Laws which govern its operation.
NOTE: District and state directors have the authority to appoint assistants. Those
serving by appointment only have no authority to make any ruling or decision
without prior knowledge of the district or state director nor can they vote on any
district or state matter.
Only a duly authorized representative of a franchised league is allowed to vote
in any matter before district or state meetings. No one person can represent more
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than one (1) league. NOTE: A duly authorized representative of a league is the
league president or a person designated by him in writing who is active currently
in the voting league.
Leagues are assigned to districts within a state and are under the direction of a
district director. There may be up to nine (9) districts within a state under the direction of a state director. With written permission from the President, states may have
more than nine (9) districts. The district and state directors are under the direction
of the national president and/or national commissioner(s). Information concerning
leagues, such as names, addresses, phone numbers, etc., shall not be distributed as
a whole or in part without the written consent of the President of DSI. Any Dixie
Softball official asked to give out such information on an individual basis should
do so only if it is for the enhancement of DSI.
There shall be no State Constitution or By-laws in conflict with the intent, aims,
purposes and rules of the NATIONAL DIXIE SOFTBALL organization.
All tournament sites are determined by each state organization on a bid basis with
all leagues having equal opportunity in hosting the event provided the league can
comply with the requirements established by the state organization. The state requirements are to be determined in advance by each state and announced accordingly.
Rule(s) changes suggested by umpires, managers, National Board Members and
league officials during the season shall be mailed directly to the Vice-President not
later than May 31 of the current year. Suggestions received after this date shall be
placed on the agenda for consideration the following year. The Vice-President will
mail a copy of all suggestions and proposed rule changes to each director as soon
as he assembles them. Any rule change submitted in the current year and passed by
the National Board will become effective with the next printing of the rule book.
A financial statement is made once a year and is presented at the annual meeting. A C.P.A. firm will review the finances of DSI annually. An audit will be at the
discretion of the National Board of Directors.
INTENT OF DIXIE SOFTBALL ORGANIZERS
The most fundamental intent of the organizers of DSI was to develop a program
which would emphasize local autonomy. It was our philosophy and belief that the
parents and workers in each local league know what is best for them and their
children. Since the mores (customs) of our people vary from community to community, even within the same districts, it was necessary to leave such things as
night softball, team selections and league operation up to the local league. There
were imposed upon the leagues certain fundamental rules that were deemed necessary for good organization and which would keep one league from gaining unfair
advantage over another such as boundary and population limitations, the number
of teams in a league, and the age brackets.
The next important philosophical belief was that the leagues affiliated with the
program should have a voice in the running of the program. Thus the provisions
for electing national directors, state directors, and district directors from among
the leagues to serve with the organizers were made.
Any governmental structure between the local leagues and the national board
exists for one reason... to serve the local leagues as administrative adjuncts of the
Board. The imposition of any rule on a local league should be done with utmost
reluctance and absolute necessity.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
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It is the policy of DIXIE SOFTBALL to promote the development of strong
character, a right attitude and a sense of responsibility and citizenship in youngsters,
using the game of softball as a vehicle. It is the purpose of DIXIE SOFTBALL to
achieve this goal through fair play, good sportsmanship and congenial fellowship,
with adult leaders providing the example. It is strictly against the policy of DIXIE
SOFTBALL for any person, either as a participant or a spectator, to engage in
arguments, to use abusive language, to harass umpires, or to exhibit any behavior
not in concert with the general intention of this policy statement. Team coaches
are required to abide by this policy statement, and all parents and other adults are
strongly encouraged to do so.
NAMES AND ADDRESSES
DIXIE SOFTBALL, INC.
1101 Skelton Drive • Birmingham, Alabama 35224
(205) 785-2255
Website: http://www.softball.dixie.org - E-mail: [email protected]
OFFICERS
EVANS, JAMES E. “OBIE” (PRESIDENT/TREASURER), 1101 Skelton Drive,
Birmingham, Alabama 35224. Phone: Home (205) 785-2255, E-mail: [email protected]
LEONARD, PRESTON (VICE PRESIDENT), P. O. Box 550715, Gastonia, NorthВ Carolina
28055. Phone: Home (704) 612-9781, E-mail: [email protected]
LAFITTE, SHARON (SECRETARY), P. O. Box 321, Durant, Oklahoma 74702.
Phone: Cell (580) 579-3537, E-mail: [email protected]
GASTON, SR., LELAND (SWEETEES COMMISSIONER), 6277 Highway 612,
Lucedale, Mississippi 39452. Phones: Home (601) 947-7046, Cell (251) 367-8425,
E-mail: [email protected]
KING, ARNOLD (DARLINGS COMMISSIONER), 7107 Red Maple Court, Fairview,
Tennessee 37062. Phone: Cell (615) 934-5813, E-mail: [email protected]
BLACK, CHARLES R. “ZACK” (ANGELS COMMISSIONER), 3 Crestview Place,
Bedford Virginia 24523. Phones: Home (540) 586-1515, Cell (540) 425-4164, FAX
(540) 586-9338, E-mail: [email protected]
PERKINS, FRANK (PONYTAILS COMMISSIONER), 3116 Ramble Road, Virgilina,
Virginia 24598. Phones: Home (434) 575-5311, Cell (434) 572-5789, E-mail:
[email protected]
SNELL, MICKEY (BELLES COMMISSIONER), 3012 County Road 33, Ozark,
Alabama 36360. Phone: Cell (334) 733-4152, E-mail:В [email protected]
JORDAN, CLARENCE (DEBS COMMISSIONER), 5616 Tillman Road, Lakeland,
Florida 33810. Phones: Home (863) 816-6750, Cell (813) 997-6933, E-mail:
[email protected]
HOBBS, GORDON L.(VICE PRESIDENT EMERITUS), 2456 Stoneview Road, Orlando,
Florida 32806. Phone: Home (407) 898-6356, E-mail: [email protected]
STATE, NATIONAL and DISTRICT OFFICIALS
ALABAMA
BAKER, WAYNE (STATE DIRECTOR), 314 Inlet Road, Eufaula Alabama 36027.
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Phones: Business (334) 687-1213, Cell (334) 232-1678, FAX (334) 687-0855,
E-mail: [email protected]
FALKOWSKI, JOEL (NATIONAL DIRECTOR), P. O. Box 242015, Montgomery, Alabama
36124. Phones: Business (334) 244-7514, Home (334) 265-3025, Cell (334) 207-3181,
E-mail: [email protected]
BALLARD, GREG (ASSISTANT STATE DIRECTOR),400 Headquarters Street,
Napier Field, Alabama 36303. Phones: Business (334) 983-3548, Cell (334)
618-6437, FAX (334) 984-2018, E-mail: [email protected]
BAKER, LYNNE (STATE SECRETARY), 314 Inlet Road, Eufaula, Alabama
36027. Phone: Cell (334) 232-1536, Email: [email protected]
District 1 Director – RICKY CANUP, 405 Edgewood Drive, Sheffield, Alabama
35660. Phones: Business (256) 386-5615, Cell (256) 443-3816, FAX (256) 386-5499,
E-mail: [email protected]
District 2 Director – CHRIS CASH, 14537 U.S. Highway 11, Springville, Alabama
35146. Phone: Cell (205) 200-6616, E-mail: [email protected]
District 3 Director – DIANE MATHEWS, 4600 Burning Tree Lane, Pelham,
Alabama 35124. Phones: Home (205) 733-1039, Cell (205) 915-0503, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 4 Director – RONALD “RON” ANDERSON, 1898 County Road 667,
Henagar, Alabama 35978. Phones: Home (256) 657-5915, Cell (256) 605-3115,
E-mail: [email protected]
District 4 Assistant Director – BUTCH FOSTER, 329 Wann Circle, Pisgah,
Alabama 35765. Phones: Home (256) 451-3375, Cell (256) 605-2960, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 5 Director – JOEL FALKOWSKI, P. O. Box 242015, Montgomery,
Alabama 36124. Phones: Business (334) 244-7514, Home (334) 265-3025, Cell
(334) 207-3181, E-mail: [email protected]
District 5 Assistant Director – PAT COX, 2802 Redland Road, Wetumpka,
Alabama 36092. Phones: Home (334) 567-1038, Cell (615) 866-7267, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 6 Director – WARREN BOWRON, 303 Cedar Drive, Enterprise, Alabama
36330. Phone: Business (334) 348-2682, Cell (334) 477-6047, E-mail: wbowron@
cityofenterprise.net.
District 6 Assistant Director – KENNY DUNNING, 265 Atwell Road, Slocomb,
Alabama 36375. Phones: Business (334) 615-3760, Home (334) 797-2441,
E-mail: [email protected]
District 6 Assistant Director – CHUCK BRINLEY, 3153 State Highway 85,
Geneva, Alabama 36340. Phones: Home (334) 684-0474, Cell (334) 360-1743,
E-mail: [email protected]
District 8 Director – DENA LeNOIR, P. O. Box 451, Thomasville, Alabama
36784. Phones: Home (334) 830-6625, Cell (334) 636-3360, FAX (334) 6365654, E-mail: [email protected]
ARKANSAS
WILLIAMS, WINFORD “JACK” (STATE DIRECTOR), #26 Harris Avenue, Hope,
Arkansas 71801. Phones: Home (870) 777-6432, Cell (870) 397-4003, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 1 Director – EDWARD “ED” FOSTER, 607 West 14th Street, Hope,
Arkansas 71801. Phone: Home (870) 777-2620, Cell (501) 993-4667, E-mail:
[email protected]
FLORIDA
BROOKS, DANNY (STATE DIRECTOR), 308 Longwood Drive, Brooksville, Florida
34601. Phone: Home (352) 796-0023, E-mail: [email protected]
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District 1 Director – DAVID SALTER, P. O. Box 501, Chipley, Florida 32428.
Phone: Cell (850) 260-6620, TEXT all messages.
District 2 Director – JEFF FAIRCLOTH, 2043 Cemter Avenue, Sneads, Florida
32460. Phones: Business (850) 482-6228, Home (850) 591-8576, Cell (850)
573-6354. E-mail: [email protected]
District 3 Director – CAROL GLOER, 6633 SE 96th Place, Belleview, Florida
34420. Phone: Cell (352) 239-6442, E-mail: [email protected]
District 4 Director – DONNA BROOKS, 308 Longwood Drive, Brooksville,
Florida 34601. Phone: (352) 796-0023, E-mail: [email protected]
District 5 Director – DANNY TEAM, 4416 Meadow Ridge Avenue, Mulberry,
Florida 33860. Phones: Home (863) 425-9579, Cell (863) 608-3717 E-mail:
[email protected]
District 5 Assistant Director – JANICE FIELDS, 7235 Albritton Road, Mulberry,
Florida 33860. Phones: Home (863) 428-2044, Cell (863) 205-6733, E-mail:
[email protected]
GEORGIA
STEWART, DAN (STATE DIRECTOR), 2028 Northside Drive, Perry, Georgia 31069.
Phones: Business (478) 987-3445, Home (478) 987-3344, Cell (478) 256-5517,
Fax (478) 987-3102, E-mail: [email protected]
District 1 Director – CHRISTI DeLOACH, P. O. Box 498, Evans, Georgia 30809.
Phone: Business (706) 312-7411, FAX (706) 868-3340, E-mail: cdeloach@
columbiacountyga.gov.
District 2 Director – KARLA TUGGLE, P. O. Box 488, Monticello, Georgia 31064.
Phones: Home (706) 468-0011, Cell (706) 476-1124, E-mail: [email protected]
District 3 Director – SHEILA TRAYLOR, 133 Wimberly Road, Hawkinsville,
Georgia 31036. Phone: Home (478) 297-9549, E-mail: [email protected]
District 5 Director – SHAWN HARPER, 1509 Hancock Road, Albany, Georgia 31705.
Phones: Home (229-446-0192, Cell (229) 395-9432, E-mail: advancedshawn@
gmx.com.
LOUISIANA
MIZELL, DAVID LEE (STATE DIRECTOR), 405 Holly Moore Drive, Pineville,
Louisiana 71360. Phones: Home (318) 640-6862, Cell (318) 613-3357, FAX
(318) 640-6862, E-mail: [email protected]
GARRETT, DOUG (NATIONAL DIRECTOR), 106 Woodlake Drive, Pineville,
Louisiana 71360. Phones: Home (318) 484-9062, Cell (318) 451-4344, FAX (318)
442-3606, E-mail: [email protected]
District 1 Director – GERRY “BUZZ” CONSTANT, 7437 Lapalco Boulevard,
Marrero, Louisiana 70072. Phones: Business (504) 349-5000 Ext. 131, Home (504)
729-4412, FAX (504) 339-4413, E-mail: [email protected]
District 3 Director – WALTER BEARD, 421 Pelican Highway, Oakdale, Louisiana
71463. Phones: Cell (318) 355-8638, E-mail: [email protected]
District 4 Director – DANA DAIGRE, 6132 Yoho Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301.
Phone: Cell (318) 446-4639, E-mail: [email protected]
District 5 Director – PHYLLIS SLAUGHTER, 9508 Highway 4, Winnsboro,
Louisiana 71295. Phones: Home (318) 435-7920, Cell (318) 355-0191, E-mail:
E-mail: [email protected]
District 6 Director – C. L. JOHNSON, 158 Woodward Drive, Minden, Louisiana
71055. Phones: Business (318) 453-7712, Home (318) 377-5472, Cell (318)
453-7712, E-mail: [email protected]
District 7 Director – DONNIE CUPPLES, P. O. Box 937, Olla, Louisiana 71465.
Phone: Cell (318) 805-6064, E-mail: [email protected]
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District 8 Director – BILL TREPAGNIER, 138 Trepagnier Road, Madisonville,
Louisiana 70447. Phones: Business (985) 892-9829, Home (985) 845-3210, FAX
(985) 892-9812, E-mail: [email protected]
MISSISSIPPI
GASTON, SR., LELAND (STATE DIRECTOR), 6277 Highway 612, Lucedale,
Mississippi 39452. Phones: Home (601) 947-7046, Cell (251) 367-8425, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 5 Director– JIMMY ZILA, 123 Main Avenue, North, Magee, Mississippi 39111.
Phones: Business (601) 849-3344, Cell (601) 382-2526, E-mail: [email protected]
District 6 Director – LARRY LAY, 159 Hooper Mill Creek Road, Carthage,
Mississippi 39051. Phones: Home (601) 267-9819, Cell (601) 540-0506, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 8 Director – DUSTIN DEARMAN, 1667 Lovewell Road, Richton, Mississippi
39476. Phone: Home (601) 394-3234, E-mail: [email protected]
District 9 Director – BEVERLY TERRELL, 5605 Claresholm Drive, Gautier,
Mississippi 39553. Phone: Home (228) 627-2298, E-mail: [email protected]
NORTH CAROLINA
HUDSON, RONALD D. “RON” (STATE DIRECTOR), 24280 St. Martin Road,
Albemarle, North Carolina 28001. Phones: Home (704) 986-0500, Cell (704)
791-8290, E-mail: [email protected]
LEONARD, PRESTON (NATIONAL DIRECTOR), P. O. Box 550715, Gastonia,В North Carolina 28055. Phone: Home (704) 612-9781, E-mail: [email protected]
District 2 Director — JEFF ADAMS, 4671 West Highway 27, Vale, North
Carolina 28168. Phones: Cell (704) 913-3299, FAX (276) 937-2182, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 3 Director – JEREMY DEWBERRY, 301 South Kennedy Street, Eden,
North Carolina, 27288. Phones: Business (336) 623-8496, Cell (336) 344-1080,
FAX (336) 627-9622, E-mail: [email protected]
District 4 Director – CHRIS BROWN, 1235 Substation Road, Troy, North Carolina,
27371. Phone: Home (910) 572-2066, E-mail: [email protected]
District 5 Director – JIMMIE “J. G.” BAKER, JR., 9864 NC Highway 42, Holly
Springs, North Carolina 27540. Phones: Home (919) 552-4623, Cell (919) 6509010, FAX (919) 552-7579, E-mail: [email protected]
District 6 Director – WILLIAM BAKER, 5461 Rawls Church Road, Fuquay Varina,
North Carolina 27526. Phone: Cell (910) 984-6911, E-mail: ncdixiesoftball@
gmail.com.
District 9 Director – REGINALE “REGGIE” EVENSON, JR., 10262 Old Towne Wynd,
South, Leland, North Carolina 28451. Phones: Business (910) 799-4916, Home (910) 3711006, FAX (910) 799-4917, Cell (910) 471-8904, E-mail: [email protected]
SOUTH CAROLINA
PARNELL, PHILLIP “PHIL” (STATE DIRECTOR), 155 Haynsworth Street, Sumter,
South Carolina 29150. Phones: Business (803) 436-2248, Home (803) 506-2257,
Cell (803) 968-2320, FAX (803) 436-2400, E-mail: [email protected]
HENSON, RALPH (NATIONAL DIRECTOR), 780 Brockman McClimon Road,
Greer, South Carolina 29651. Phone: Cell (864) 270-3119, E-mail: ralphhenson01@
gmail.com.
OSTEEN, RUTHIE (STATE SECRETARY), 3915 Blackberry Lane, Sumter, South
Carolina 29154. Phones: Home (803) 481-4493, Cell (803) 983-8716, FAX (803)
481-4496, E-mail: [email protected]
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District 1 Director – NAOMI CARMICHAEL, P. O. Box 224, Hemingway, South
Carolina 29554. Phones: Business (843) 558-2753, Home (843) 558-3519, FAX
(843) 558-5692, Cell (843) 426-5243, E-mail: [email protected]
District 1 Assistant Director – MIKE VANDEUSEN, P. O. Box 1501, Conway, South
Carolina 29528. Phone: Home (843) 458-0943, E-mail: [email protected]
District 2 Director – ROGER ROOF, 688 Columbia Road, Chester, South Carolina
29706. Phone: Cell (893) 397-1314, E-mail: [email protected]
District 2 Assistant Director – RICKY ODOM, Highway 9, Chester, South Carolina
29706. Phone: (603) 619-4721.
District 3 Director – LEE ANDREWS, 516 Springview Drive, Darlington, South
Carolina 29160. Phone: Cell (843) 639-3833, E-mail: [email protected]
District 4 Director – DUANE GOODWIN, 315 Powder Cave Court, Swansea, South
Carolina 29070. Phone: Home (803) 917-2262, E-mail: duanegoodwinconst@
yahoo.com.
District 6 Director – SHANNON LOPER, 905 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton,
South Carolina 29910. Phones: Business (843) 255-6684, FAX (843) 255-9408,
Cells (843) 227-2222, (843) 812-0152, E-mail: [email protected]
District 7 Director – REGINA PEPPERS, 513 Blackbottom Road, Liberty, South
Carolina 29657. Phone: Home (864) 843-6417, FAX (864) 843-0027, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 7 Assistant Director – NAKIA DAVIS, 3009 Whitehall Road, Anderson,
South Carolina 29626. Phone: (864) 934-0396, E-mail: [email protected]
TENNESSEE
WILLIAMS, JAMES T. “JIM” (STATE DIRECTOR), P. O. Box 518, Waverly,
Tennessee 37185. Phones: Business (931) 582-6871, Home (931) 296-1976,
Cell (931) 801-0664, E-mail: [email protected]
McDONALD, JENNIFER (NATIONAL DIRECTOR), 507 Talley Street, Hohenwald,
Tennessee 38462. Phone: Home (931) 796-4947, E-mail: [email protected]
NUNNALLY, CARL (ASSISTANT STATE DIRECTOR), 237 Savannah Ridge,
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37127. Phone: Cell (205) 616-8654, E-mail: lcnunnally@
aol.com.
NUNNALLY, LINDA (STATE SECRETARY), 237 Savannah Ridge, Murfreesboro,
Tennessee 37127. Phone: Cell (205) 616-8654, E-mail: [email protected]
District 1 Director – BECKY FUQUA , 515 East College, Brownsville, Tennessee
38012. Phone: Cell (731) 780-1264, E-mail: [email protected]
District 2 Director – TODD TOWATER, 33 Meadowood Drive, Jackson, Tennessee
38305. Phone: Cell (731) 225-4309, E-mail: [email protected]
District 3 Director – CHARLES “CHARLIE” PEWITT, 10663 Tidwell Road,
Bon Aqua, Tennessee 37025. Phone: Cell (615) 306-9292, Email: charlie@
abecelectric.com.
District 4 Director – LEE OVERSTREET, 111 Ray Avenue, Old Hickory, Tennessee
37138. Phones: Business (615) 305-6270, Home (615) 847-8859, Cell (615)
305-6270, FAX (615) 847-9204, E-mail: [email protected]
District 8 Director – CHUCK MOSER, 907 Hassell Drive, Waynesboro, Tennessee
38485. Phones: Business (931) 332-5100, Home (931) 722-7191, Cell (931)
332-0347, E-mail: [email protected]
TEXAS
BELINOWSKI, PAT (STATE DIRECTOR), P. O. Box 67, Ladonia, Texas 75449.
Phones: Home (903) 367-7670, FAX (903) 367-7367, E-mail: txdixiesoftball@
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yahoo.com.
LAFITTE, SHARON (NATIONAL DIRECTOR), P. O. Box 321, Durant, Oklahoma
74702. Phone: Cell (580) 579-3537, E-mail: [email protected]
BELINOWSKI, KATHY (STATE SECRETARY), P. O. Box 67, Ladonia, Texas 75449.
Phones: Home (903) 367-7670, FAX (903) 367-7367, E-mail: txdixiesoftball@
yahoo.com.
District 1 Director – SAMUEL K. “SAM” McGEE, Route 4, Box 2150, San Augustine,
Texas 75972. Phone: Cell (936) 275-7921, E-mail: [email protected]
District 2 Director – DANNY PAGE, 16379 Janan Drive, Tyler, Texas 75707.
Phones: Home (903) 839-6893, Cell (903) 570-8839, E-mail: [email protected]
District 3 Director – BURL SAMPSON, 130 CR 3182, Cleveland, Texas 77327.
Phones: Home (281) 592-7276, Cell (281) 229-8469, E-mail: [email protected]
District 4 Director – WAYNE LANGSTON, 3946 ACR 157, Palestine, Texas 75801.
Phones: Home (903) 731-4071, Cell (903) 221-3250, E-mail: [email protected]
District 5 Director – KIM RICHARDS, 902 14th Street, Honey Grove, Texas
75446. Phones: Business (903) 583-7489, Cell (903) 227-7262, E-mail: krichards@
fanninco.net.
District 6 Director – BETH SPRAY, 2763 FM 1502, Detroit, Texas 75436. Phone:
Cell (903) 517-8153, E-mail: [email protected]
VIRGINIA
PERKINS, FRANK (STATE DIRECTOR), 3116 Ramble Road, Virgilina, Virginia
24598. Phones: Home (434) 575-5311, Cell (434) 572-5789, E-mail: virginiadsi@
gmail.com.
WOODING, DALE (NATIONAL DIRECTOR), 2522 Lewiston Plank Road,
Burkeville, Virginia 23922. Phones: Home (434) 767-4667, Cell (434) 3903452, E-mail: [email protected]
PERKINS, BETTY LOU (STATE SECRETARY), 3116 Ramble Road, Virgilina,
Virginia 24598. Phones: Home (434) 575-5311, Cell (434) 579-1587, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 1 Director – JON TAYLOR, 374 Belfield Road, South Hill, Virginia 23970.
Phone: Cell (434) 262-3876, E-mail: [email protected]
District 2 Director – EMMETT ALMOND, 1037 Beaver Creek Crossing, Lynchburg,
Virginia 24501. Phones: Home (434) 845-5811, Cell (434) 401-4207, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 4 Director – HARRY S. THOMPSON, 3001 Wilson Street, Bedford,
Virginia 24523. Phones: Business (540) 587-6061, Home (540) 586-3618, Cell
(540) 875-7813, FAX (540) 587-6143, E-mail: [email protected]
District 5 Director – SHERRY ARRINGTON, 3707 Maidens Road, Powhatan,
Virginia 23139. Phones: Home (804) 598-1453, Cell (804) 314-0079, E-mail:
[email protected]
District 5 Assistant Director – PATTY KINGSLEY, 6623 James Madison Highway, Fork
Union, Virginia 23055. Phone: Cell (434) 962-4986, E-mail: [email protected]
District 6 Director – VIRGEL ALLEN, 1984 Cannady School Road SE, Floyd,
Virginia 24091. Phones: Home (540) 745-3261, E-mail: [email protected]
District 6 Assistant Director – CHERYL WHITLOCK-ALLEN, 1984 Cannady
School Road, SE, Floyd, Virginia 24091. Phones: Business (540) 745-9363, Home
(540) 745-3261, E-mail: [email protected]
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District 7 Director – BURNETTE NEIGHBORS, 12245 Brookneal Highway,
Gladys, Virginia 24554. Phones: Home (434) 283-1044, Cell (434) 944-1592,
E-mail: [email protected]
District 7 Assistant Director – DONNIE BOMAR, 20096 L.P. Bailey Memorial
Highway, Nathalie, Virginia 24577. Phone: Home (434) 376-5314, E-mail
[email protected]
The 2009 DSI Board of Directors voted that beginning with the 2009 season all
Life Members will serve only as honorary Board members. Present Life Members
are: Carl O. Boelte, Yvonne L. Bright, Jim Early, Gordon L. Hobbs and Palmer
“Buddy” Suggs.
Know your District and State Director — and keep in touch with them all
year round. Let them know who you are — and where you are!
DATES TO REMEMBER
(Official deadlines unless described as suggested)
MARCH
1 — Postmark or by electronic device deadline for scholarship applications.
1 — Franchise Renewal forms mailed to leagues by this date.
  10 — All applications for scholarships MUST be in the hands of the Scholarship Chairman no later than this date.
APRIL
1 — Postmark or by electronic device deadline for filing Annual Billing for
Franchise Fees form and applicable fees to the President to renew franchise
privileges. THEY MUST BE RETURNED WITHIN TWO (2) WEEKS OF
RECEIPT. THE ABSOLUTE LATEST DATE FOR MAILING OR BY ONLINE
FILING FRANCHISE RENEWAL FORMS AND FEES IS APRIL 1. FAILURE TO
COMPLY WILL RESULT IN POSSIBLE LOSS OF TOURNAMENT PRIVILEGES,
POSSIBLE LOSS OF NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO HOST A TOURNAMENT AND/
OR A PENALTY OF $50.00 PAYABLE TO DIXIE SOFTBALL, INC. ANY GAME
PLAYED BEFORE THE POSTMARKED DATE OF THESE FORMS AND FEES
SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL AND CANNOT BE COUNTED IN
MINIMUM GAME REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY EVEN
THOUGH THE PENALTY AMOUNT MAY BE SUBSEQUENTLY PAID.
NOTE: A BOUNDARY MAP AND POPULATION COUNT ARE REQUIRED
WITH ALL NEW AND RETURNING FRANCHISES. A LEAGUE’S FRANCHISE
DIXIE SOFTBALL, INC. CREED
Another game is about to begin,
One team must lose, the other will win.
So let’s get started with this event,
We will all play fair and give one hundred percent.
“LET’S PLAY DIXIE SOFTBALL”
Phil Bollinger (1978), West Pasco Girl’s Softball Association, New Port Richey, Florida
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WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNTIL A BOUNDARY MAP AND POPULATION
COUNT IS ON FILE WITH NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS AND WITH THE
STATE AND DISTRICT DIRECTORS.
1 — Deadline or by electronic device for counting total number of teams per
state for the purpose of determining if a state is eligible for a National Director.
Leagues may be accepted after this date, but will not be considered in the aforementioned matter herein until the following year.
1 — Postmark or by electronic device deadline for leagues to gain or retain voting
privileges for current season.
1 — Postmark deadline for nominating National and State Directors in each state.
6 — All nominations for National Directors MUST be in the hands of the
President no later than this date.
6 — All nominations for State Directors MUST be in the hands of the Vice
President no later than this date.
6 — All franchises from the previous year MUST be renewed and in the hands
of the President no later than this date in order for that franchise to be eligible for
tournament play and for voting in district, state or national matters in the current
season.
15 — Scholarship winners announced no later than this date.
15 — POSTMARK OR BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE DEADLINE FOR
UMPIRES TO REQUEST TO BE REGISTERED AS A DSI UMPIRE.
30 — Postmark or by electronic device deadline for rule/policy changes to be
mailed to Vice President.
30 — Deadline for mailing out ballots for election of National and State Directors.
MAY
1 — Postmark or by electronic device deadline for requesting the next DIXIE
SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES or DEBS World
Series up for bid. (Leagues may request more than one (1) World Series). World
Series may be awarded two (2) years in advance.
1 — Postmark or by electronic device deadline for Hall of Fame nominations.
1 — Registration of all local players and coaches in the DIXIE SWEETEES,
DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS divisions with district
and state directors on Official Registration forms MUST be postmarked by this
date unless earlier date is set by state organization. NOTE: Leagues who have not
registered their players and coaches by this date risk being declared ineligible for
tournament play. No player, coach or division may be added postmarked later than
this date. Notice of any deletion of teams must be postmarked by this date in order
for a refund of fees. EXCEPTION: A state director, with approval from the National
President, may allow a later registration date due to extenuating circumstances.
1 — Notification of any changes of style of play (TRADITIONAL or X-play) must
be in the hands of the President no later than this date.
1 — POSTMARK OR BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE DEADLINE FOR ALL
COMPLETED UMPIRE TESTS TO BE RETURNED TO THE UMPIRE
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OR COMPLETED ONLINE. NOTE: Umpires not
registered cannot umpire in Dixie Softball games, including tournament play.
5 — All suggested rule/policy changes for the current year must be in the hands
of the vice president no later than this date.
6 — All completed umpire tests are to be in the hands of the Umpire Committee
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chairman no later than this date.
15 — Suggested deadline for state organizational meeting.
15 — Postmark deadline for mailing ballots to President in National Director
elections.
15 — Postmark deadline for mailing ballots to Vice President in State Director
elections.
15 — Deadline for mailing out Hall of Fame ballots.
20 — Suggested deadline for leagues requesting sub-district, district, and state
tournaments. Requests for requirements for hosting such tournaments should be
mailed to your State Director.
31 — Postmark deadline for mailing ballots to Hall of Fame Chairman.
JUNE
1 — NO FRANCHISE APPLICATION OR RENEWAL OF A FRANCHISE
WILL BE ACCEPTED POSTMARKED OR BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE
LATER THAN THIS DATE.
1 — Suggested deadline for selection of sub-district, district, and state tournament sites.
1 — Deadline to notify State Director that a division(s) in your league will not be
participating in Dixie Softball tournaments for the current year. PENALTY: FAILURE
TO NOT NOTIFY THE STATE DIRECTOR BY THIS DATE WILL RESULT
IN THE LEAGUE BEING INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN TOURNAMENT
PLAY THE NEXT SEASON THAT LEAGUE FRANCHISES WITH DSI.
.20 — No DSI tournament shall begin before this date.
JULY
NOTE: State or sectional tournaments to be scheduled so as to be completed
seven (7) days before the start of a particular division’s World Series play begins.
NOTE: BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND PLAYER AFFIDAVITS MUST BE
INSPECTED FOR ALL DISTRICT TEAMS (REGARDLESS OF WHETHER
OR NOT THE DISTRICT IS DIVIDED INTO SUB-DISTRICTS) AT LEAST
SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST TOURNAMENT GAME.
1 — Postmark or by electronic device deadline for nominating District Directors
in each state.
15 — Deadline for mailing out ballots for election of District Directors.
.25 — Teams to arrive at Dixie SweeTees World Series site (Bay St. Louis,
Mississippi).
.25 — Teams to arrive at Dixie Darlings world Series site (Bay St. Louis,
Mississippi).
.25 — Teams to arrive at Dixie Angels X-Play World Series site (Atoka,
Tennessee).
.25 — Teams to arrive at Dixie Debs World Series site (Atoka, Tennessee).
31 — Postmark deadline for mailing ballots to State Director in District Director
elections.
AUGUST
.1 — Teams to arrive at Dixie Ponytails X-Play World Series site (Ponchatoula,
Louisiana).
.1 — Teams to arrive at Dixie Belles World Series site (Ponchatoula, Louisiana).
.3 — Teams to arrive at Angels TRADITIONAL World Series site (North
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina).
.3 — Teams to arrive at Ponytails TRADITIONAL World Series site (North
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina).
31 — District and State Directors to assume office on this date or on the first
day of the Annual meeting of the Board of Directors of DSI, whichever comes
first, in the year they are elected.
YOUR DISTRICT DIRECTOR - YOUR SERVICE MANAGER
Every person who serves as an elected official of DIXIE SOFTBALL is elected
to SERVE the leagues. This is the one and only reason he holds office. Each
league, therefore, is encouraged to take advantage of the services offered by each
official. The District Director is generally the nearest official and certainly the
most informed on matters dealing with a league and its need. We strongly suggest
that league officials use the services offered by their District Director as their first
move in obtaining help. Naturally the State and National Directors from their state
also stand ready to help if needed and the Commissioner is also anxious to help.
But the first step is to the District Director.
ATTENTION LEAGUE OFFICIALS
It is the duty of league officials to carry out the day-by-day assignments that keep
your teams playing under the finest conditions. There are, however, a few matters
that come up only periodically that are of equal importance but because they are
needed only occasionally you may tend to overlook them. We list these here as
a reminder. Be sure your league considers these in the interest of your program.
(1) Have you submitted players’ names and credentials for possible selection for
one of the DSI SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS?
(2) Have you submitted the names of players, coaches, league officials for possible selection to the DSI HALL OF FAME?
(3) Does your league have a permanent mailing address? This avoids important
correspondence from becoming lost because the last known league contact no longer
is connected with the league.
WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS AND SITES
Champions
DIXIE SWEETEES
Host League/Site
2014 ..................................................................................Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
2015 ..........................................................................................Alexandria, Louisiana
Champions
DIXIE DARLINGS
Host League/Site
(ARNOLD E. KING CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD)
2006 Underwood, Alabama................................Dyersburg/Dyer County, Tennessee
2007 Pineville, Louisiana.....................................West Stanly/Endy, North Carolina
2008 Hartselle American, Alabama................................................. Pineville, Louisiana
2009 Madison Central, Tennessee.........................................Sumter, South Carolina
2010 Madison Central, Tennessee.......................................................Denison, Texas
2011 Summertown, Tennessee ................................................... Pineville, Louisiana
2012 West Stanly, North Carolina.... Andrews/Georgetown County, South Carolina
2013 Madison Central, Tennessee............................................Alexandria, Louisiana
2014 ...............................................................................Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
2015 .................................................................... Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana
The ARNOLD E. KING DIXIE DARLINGS CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD is
named in honor of Arnold E. King of Fairview, Tennessee, Dixie Softball’s first
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National Darlings Commissioner (2006 to present) in 2010.
Champions
DIXIE ANGELS
Host League/Site
(CHARLES R. “ZACK” BLACK CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD)
2001 Montgomery Gray Red. Alabama................ Montgomery American, Alabama
2002 Columbiana, Alabama............................................................ Eufaula, Alabama
2003 Hueytown, Alabama.................................................... Muscle Shoals, Alabama
2004 Mauldin American, South Carolina......................... Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
2005 Mauldin American, South Carolina......................... Dothan National, Alabama
2006 Walterboro, South Carolina...............Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs, Texas
2007 Alexandria National, Louisiana..................................................Denison, Texas
2008 Underwood, Alabama......................................................Alexandria, Louisiana
2009 Madison Central, Tennessee......................................... Sumter, South Carolina
2010 Spring Hill, Florida........................................................ Vancleave, Mississippi
2011 Ponchatoula, Louisiana....................................................... South Hill, Virginia
2012 Rockingham West, North Carolina...Andrews/Georgetown County, South Carolina
2013 Hanahan, South Carolina........................................................Petal, Mississippi
2014 .............................................................. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2015 .................................................................... Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana
The CHARLES R. “ZACK” BLACK DIXIE ANGELS CHAMPIONSHIP
AWARD is named in honor of Charles R. “Zack” Black of Bedford, Virginia,
Dixie Softball’s first National Angels Commissioner (2001 to present) in 2007.
Champions
DIXIE ANGELS X-Play
Host League/Site
2012 East Central, Mississippi............................................................ Troy, Alabama
2013 Montgomery American, Alabama...................................Alexandria, Louisiana
2014 .............................................................................................. Atoka, Tennessee
2015 ........................................................................Moore County, North Carolina
Champions
DIXIE PONYTAILS
Host League/Site
(RICHARD T. MURPHY, SR. CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD)
1976 Huffman, Alabama.............................................. Huntsville American, Texas
1977 Huffman, Alabama........................................................... Gautier, Mississippi
1978 *Lake Wales, Florida (HOST)........................................ Lake Wales, Florida
1979 Alexandria, Louisiana............................................................. Bartow, Florida
1980 West Pasco American, Florida...................................Pinson Valley, Alabama
1981 Dickson County American, Tennessee............... Huntsville American, Texas
1982 Hartselle, Alabama........................................................... Gautier, Mississippi
1983 Decatur Continental, Alabama.......................................... Hartselle, Alabama
1984 Pascagoula National, Mississippi.......................Georgetown, South Carolina
1985 Hueytown, Alabama................................................ Pleasant Grove, Alabama
1986 Hueytown, Alabama......................................................Alexandria, Louisiana
1987 Morehouse Parish, Louisiana........................ East Pasco/Zephyrhills, Florida
1988 Hueytown, Alabama.............................................Decatur National, Alabama
1989 Brentwood American, Tennessee........................Bedford American, Virginia
1990 Brentwood American, Tennessee...................................... Powhatan, Virginia
1991 Forest Hill American, Mississippi...................................... Decatur, Alabama
1992 Forest Hill American, Mississippi........ Huntsville American Blue, Alabama
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1993 West Monroe American, Louisiana.............. East Pasco/Zephyrhills, Florida
1994 Bastrop, Louisiana............................................Emporia-Greensville, Virginia
1995 Hueytown, Alabama.................................................................Denison, Texas
1996 Trussville, Alabama......................................................Aiken, South Carolina
1997 Trussville, Alabama.......................................................Alexandria, Louisiana
1998 Pelham, Alabama (HOST)...................................................Pelham, Alabama
1999 Cumberland County, Tennessee.......................................Fairview, Tennessee
2000 Cumberland County, Tennessee...............................................Denison, Texas
2001 Montgomery AUM Green, Alabama...... Boiling Springs/Spartanburg, South Carolina
2002 Atoka, Tennessee.............................................................. Trussville, Alabama
2003 Atoka, Tennessee...................................................Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
2004 Alexandria American, Louisiana (HOST)....................Alexandria, Louisiana
2005 Dothan National, Alabama (HOST).................................... Dothan, Alabama
2006 Summertown, Tennessee...............................................Alexandria, Louisiana
2007 Dothan American, Alabama................................................ Marianna, Florida
2008 Dyersburg/Dyer County, Tennessee................................. Pineville, Louisiana
2009 Jefferson Parish Westbank East, Louisiana............... Sumter, South Carolina
2010 Sabine, Louisiana......................... Columbia County/Grovetown, Georgia
2011 Burgaw, North Carolina................................................... Pineville, Louisiana
2012 Iva, South Carolina............................. Darlington/Hartsville, South Carolina
2013 Hanahan, South Carolina..Beaufort County PALS/Bluffton, South Carolina
2014 .............................................................. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2015 ................................................................................Hartsville, South Carolina
The RICHARD T. MURPHY, SR. DIXIE PONYTAILS CHAMPIONSHIP
AWARD is named in honor of Richard T. Murphy, Sr. of Lufkin, Texas, National
Ponytails Commissioner (1987 to 2013) in 2000.
Champions
DIXIE PONYTAILS X-Play
Host League/Site
2012 Spring Hill, Florida...................................................Hartsville, South Carolina
2013 Alexandria National, Louisiana (HOST)........................Alexandria, Louisiana
2014 .....................................................................................Ponchatoula, Louisiana
2015 ........................................................................Moore County, North Carolina
Champions
DIXIE BELLES
Host League/Site
(CARL O. BOELTE/J. D. PAINTER CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD)
1976 Huffman, Alabama................. 78 West American/Minor Heights, Alabama
1977 Huffman, Alabama................................................Whiteville, North Carolina
1978 Huffman, Alabama............................Halifax County/South Boston, Virginia
1979 Huffman, Alabama.................................................Ward 10/Tioga, Louisiana
1980 Center Point East, Alabama............................................... Midfield, Alabama
1981 West Pasco American, Florida........ Humphreys County/Waverly, Tennessee
1982 West Pasco American, Florida (HOST)................ New Port Richey, Florida
1983 West Pasco American, Florida.........78 West National/Adamsville, Alabama
1984 Pascagoula American, Mississippi....Central Baldwin/Robertsdale, Alabama
1985 Pascagoula American, Mississippi................................... Zephyrhills, Florida
1986 Una American, Tennessee (HOST)........................................ Una, Tennessee
1987 Una American, Tennessee............................Bedford Central/Salem, Virginia
1988 Pascagoula American, Mississippi................... Nacogdoches National, Texas
1989 Pascagoula American, Mississippi........Dickson County/Dickson, Tennessee
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1990 Hoover/Shades Mountain  American, Alabama........ Huntsville Civic, Alabama
1991 Hoover/Shades Mountain American, Alabama...... West Pasco/Hudson, Florida
1992 Pascagoula American, Mississippi....................................Kingsland, Georgia
1993 Central Baldwin, Alabama...................... West Monroe American, Louisiana
1994 Goodlettsville, Tennessee................ Humphreys County/Waverly, Tennessee
1995 Montgomery Gray Red, Alabama.......................... Alexander City, Alabama
1996 Cape Fear Optimist, North Carolina (HOST).. Wilmington, North Carolina
1997 Cape Fear Optimist, North Carolina...................... Alexander City, Alabama
1998 Livingston, Texas.....................................................................Denison, Texas
1999 Hernando, Florida...............Columbia County National/Grovetown, Georgia
2000 West Monroe American, Louisiana..... Brunswick Co./Lawrenceville, Virginia
2001 Ward 10, Louisiana........................................................Crossville, Tennessee
2002 Halifax National, Virginia................................................... Eufaula, Alabama
2003 Chester County, Tennessee......................................................Denison, Texas
2004 Darlington, South Carolina..................... Madison South/Jackson, Tennessee
2005 Montgomery Gray Red, Alabama...................... Dothan American, Alabama
2006 Alexandria National, Louisiana (HOST)......................Alexandria, Louisiana
2007 Madisonville, Louisiana...................................................... Marianna, Florida
2008 Madison Central, Tennessee.........................................Alexandria, Louisiana
2009 Halifax County American, Virginia........................... Sumter, South Carolina
2010 Belleview, Florida............................................................ Pineville, Louisiana
2011 South Hill, Virginia (HOST)........................................... South Hill, Virginia
2012 South Hill, Virginia........................................................... Powhatan, Virginia
2013 Alexandria National, Louisiana (HOST)......................Alexandria, Louisiana
2014 .....................................................................................Ponchatoula, Louisiana
2015 .................................................................... Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana
The CARL O. BOELTE/J. D. PAINTER DIXIE BELLES CHAMPIONSHIP
AWARD is named in honor of Carl O. Boelte of Hurt, Virginia, Dixie Softball’s first
National Belles Commissioner (1978-1990) in 1991 and J. D. Painter, of McEwen,
Tennessee, National Belles Commissioner (1991-2007) in 2007.
Champions
DIXIE DEBS
Host League/Site
(JAMES A. WEBB/CLARENCE JORDAN CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD)
1976 Gardendale, Alabama................................... Fort Rucker/Daleville, Alabama
1977 Gardendale, Alabama.......................................... Huntsville American, Texas
1978 Gardendale, Alabama...................................................... Lake Wales, Florida
1979 Huntsville East, Alabama.............................. Aviation/Fort Rucker, Alabama
1980 Pascagoula American, Mississippi..........................Huntsville East, Alabama
1981 Huffman, Alabama......................................... Gautier-Vancleave, Mississippi
1982 Huntsville East, Alabama............. South Baldwin American/Foley, Alabama
1983 Huntsville, South, Alabama................................. Huntsville North, Alabama
1984 Center Point East, Alabama.............78 West National/Adamsville, Alabama
1985 Cahaba Heights, Alabama.............................................Winnsboro, Louisiana
1986 Angelina County, Texas.............................. East Ouachita/Swartz, Louisiana
1987 Vestavia Hills National, Alabama........................ Huntsville South, Alabama
1988 West Monroe American, La.... Walterboro-Colleton County, South Carolina
1989 Salem, Virginia (HOST)......................................................... Salem, Virginia
1990 West Monroe American, Louisiana (HOST)........... West Monroe, Louisiana
1991 West Stanly, North Carolina.................Dickson County/Dickson, Tennessee
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1992 Cave Spring, Virginia........................................................Kingsland, Georgia
1993 Forest Hill American, Mississippi...................................Fairview, Tennessee
1994 Natchitoches Area, Louisiana................................................. Salem, Virginia
1995 Jefferson Parish Westbank West, Louisiana (HOST)...Terrytown, Louisiana
1996 Montgomery Gray Red, Alabama.................. Decatur Continental, Alabama
1997 Montgomery Gray Red, Alabama...........................Muscle Shoals, Alabama
1998 Jefferson Parish Westbank West, LA.......Hopkins Co./Sulphur Springs, TX
1999 Alexandria, Louisiana......................................................Fairview, Tennessee
2000 Muscle Shoals, Alabama (HOST)...........................Muscle Shoals, Alabama
2001 Montgomery Gray Red, Alabama..................... Spartanburg, South Carolina
2002 Madison North, Tennessee..................................................... Ozark, Alabama
2003 Sand Mountain, Alabama.........................................Muscle Shoals, Alabama
2004 Central Baldwin, Alabama...................... Madison South/Jackson, Tennessee
2005 Columbia County National, Georgia....................Dothan National, Alabama
2006 Muscle Shoals, Alabama...............................................Alexandria, Louisiana
2007 Georgetown County, South Carolina.................................. Marianna, Florida
2008 Alexandria National, Louisiana (HOST)......................Alexandria, Louisiana
2009 Sumter, South Carolina (HOST)............................... Sumter, South Carolina
2010 Georgetown County, South Carolina......................... Vancleave, Mississippi
2011 Decatur, Alabama..........................................................Alexandria, Louisiana
2012 Halifax American, Virginia............................................... Powhatan, Virginia
2013 Alexandria National, Louisiana (HOST)......................Alexandria, Louisiana
2014 .............................................................................................. Atoka, Tennessee
2015 .................................................................... Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana
The JAMES A. WEBB/CLARENCE JORDAN DIXIE DEBS CHAMPIONSHIP
AWARD is named in honor of James A. Webb of Henderson, Tennessee, National
Debs Commissioner (1985-1992) in 1993 and Clarence Jordan of Zephyrhills,
Florida, longtime Dixie Softball national board member (1986 to present) and
National Debs commissioner (2007 to present) in 2011.
(SlowPitch)
Champions
DIXIE ANGELS
Host League/Site
2001 Corinth Y, Mississippi................................................................Boaz, Alabama
Champions
DIXIE PONYTAILS
Host League/Site
1993 Northeast Pensacola, Florida..........................................*Zephyrhills, Florida
1994 Boaz, Alabama.......................................Kingsland/Camden County, Georgia
1995 Cherryville, North Carolina.....................................................Boaz, Alabama
1996 Cherryville, North Carolina.............................................Magnolia, Arkansas
1997 Cherryville, North Carolina............................Hernando/Brooksville, Florida
1998 Ozark, Alabama.........................................................................Perry, Georgia
1999 Columbia National, Mississippi............................................Iuka, Mississippi
2000 Ashford, Alabama............................................................Richland, Mississippi
2001 Carthage, Mississippi.................................................................Boaz, Alabama
Champions
DIXIE BELLES
Host League/Site
1993 Northeast Pensacola, Florida..........................................*Kingsland, Georgia
1994 Cochran/Bleckley, Georgia (HOST).......Cochran-Bleckley County, Georgia
1995 Columbia National, Mississippi...............................................Boaz, Alabama
1996 Dadeville, Alabama (HOST)............................................Dadeville, Alabama
1997 Columbia National, Mississippi.............................................Ozark, Alabama
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1998 Brunswick Youth, Virginia (HOST)............................Lawrenceville, Virginia
1999 Dumas Lions Club, Arkansas...............................................Iuka, Mississippi
2000 Wicksburg, Alabama.......................................................Richland, Mississippi
2001 Carthage, Mississippi...................................................................Perry, Georgia
Champions
DIXIE DEBS
Host League/Site
1993 Okeechobee, Florida........................................................*Kingsland, Georgia
1994 Tallassee, Alabama................................Camden County/Kingsland, Georgia
1995 Dumas Lions Club, Arkansas.......................East Pasco/Zephyrhills, Florida
1996 Corinth Y, Mississippi............................Camden County/Kingsland, Georgia
1997 Columbia National, Mississippi...............................Muscle Shoals, Alabama
1998 Corinth Y, Mississippi...............................................................Perry, Georgia
1999 Camden County American, Georgia....................................Iuka, Mississippi
2000 Lafayette County, Arkansas............................................Richland, Mississippi
2001 Perry, Georgia (HOST)...............................................................Perry, Georgia
*FastPitch league that hosted SlowPitch World Series
In 2000, the DSI Board of Directors voted that 2001 would be the last year for
Dixie Softball SlowPitch World Series play and in 2003 ended all SlowPitch play.
INTERESTED IN BIDDING FOR WORLD SERIES?
Every franchised league within Dixie Softball is eligible to bid for any tournaments.
Full details for district or state tournaments are available locally but should any
league be interested in the requirements to host the colorful World Series (one
or more divisions) they only need to write: DIXIE SOFTBALL, INC., 1101
Skelton Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35224 or E-mail [email protected] and
full details will be sent.
DIXIE SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME
In 1993, the DSI national board of directors established a Dixie Softball Hall of
Fame and honored James E. “Obie” Evans as the lone inductee. Since then, hundreds
of other worthy Dixie Softball entities have been inducted. To view prior inductees
go to www.softbal.dixie.org.В SEND NOMINATIONS TO: GORDON L. HOBBS,
CHAIRMAN, 2456 STONEVIEW ROAD, ORLANDO, FLORIDA 32806. NOMINATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED OR BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE NO
LATER THAN MAY 1 OF CURRENT YEAR.
.In the 2013 DSI Rule Guide the following corrections need to be made for 2012
inductees: Coach/league administrator ANN TORBERT’s, of Chester, South Carolina,
name was inadvertently in small case letters, recipient GARLAND PRIDDY, of
Forest Hill, Mississippi, name was misspelled and umpire JERRY “BEAR” KING,
from Brookside/78West, Alabama, name was left off completely.
2013 INDUCTEES: (Pioneer Players) KAREN ECHOLS of Hillview/78 West,
Alabama; DAWN WINGERTER (Whitmer) of Jefferson Parish Westbank, Louisiana;
(Players) KRISTEN BONNETT (Ray) of Hueytown, Alabama; KRISTEN “KRISTI”
HOBBS (Gordon) of Adamsville/78 West, Alabama; JENNIFER LEA NUNN
(Finch) of Clarksville, Virginia; LeANN SANDERS (Shelton) of Ethelsville/
Pickens County, Alabama; (Leagues) TOWN CREEK, NORTH CAROLINA;
LORIS, SOUTH CAROLINA; BONHAM, TEXAS; MOTLEY, VIRGINIA; (Coach/
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League Administrator) the late ERNIE WADE of Humphreys County/Waverly,
Tennessee; (Coach) EDDIE DANIELS of Forest Hill, Mississippi; (Umpire) the late
RICKY HARTLEY of Hernando County, Florida; (DSI Administrators) RONALD
ANDERSON of Henager, Alabama; LEE OVERSTREET of Old Hickory, Tennessee;
DANNY BROOKS of Brooksville, Florida; (Special Contributor/Coach) the late
RUBY HEAFNER of Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
DIXIE SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
DSI is proud to announce the offering of college scholarships to deserving young
ladies in the DIXIE SOFTBALL program who meet the requirements set forth in
the DSI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.
The first Dixie Softball scholarships were awarded in 1979. Rules for applying
are: Applicant must have participated in Dixie Softball for two (2) seasons; must
be a senior in high school and must make application postmarked or by electronic
device on or before March 1 of her senior year in high school. Further information
may be obtained from: Doug Garrett, Chairman, Scholarship Committee, 106
Woodlake Drive, Pineville, Louisiana 71360, or from any Dixie Softball, Inc.
official listed in this book.
.It is the policy of the National Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee
at the present time to award six (6) $1,500.00 scholarships annually and two (2)
$2,500.00 scholarships presented by TigerSix.
. Receiving the awards in 2013 were:
KELSEY ELIZABETH MORGAN of Conway, South Carolina (Frank L. Baxter
Honorary Scholarship); SHERRY ELIZABETH COSBY of Abbeville, Alabama
(Billy Adkins Memorial Scholarship); MARIAH LYNN SANTOS of Gulfport,
Mississippi (R. T. Adams Memorial Scholarship); EMILY CAROLINE ALMOND
of Pawleys Island, South Carolina (Tim Neely Memorial Scholarship); AIKIERA
NASHEA CAMERON of Halifax, Virginia (Aubrey Tapley Memorial Scholarship);
CARLY CELESTE HAMMERLY of Broaddus, Texas (George D. Matthews, Sr.
Memorial Scholarship); MEDOLI REID PRYOR of Trenton, Texas (Helen Louise
Jordan Memorial Scholarship); HEATHER ANN POINDEXTER of Broaddus,
Texas (Charles “Buddy” Wade Memorial Scholarship).
DSI scholarships are respectfully named in honor of the following past Dixie
officials:
The late BILLY ADKINS, Alabama National Director, 1981-1984.
*FRANK L. BAXTER, Alabama State Director, 1978-1983.
*The late R. T. ADAMS, South Carolina National Director, 1997-1999.
*The late TIM NEELY, Mississippi National Director, 2001-2004.
*The late AUBREY TAPLEY, Arkansas State Director, 1990-2005.
*The late GEORGE D. MATTHEWS, SR., South Carolina State Director, 1999-2008.
*The late HELEN LOUISE JORDAN, a pioneer DSI supporter from
Zephyrhills, Florida (1981-2006).
*The late CHARLES “BUDDY” WADE, a DSI Incorporator and DSI’s first
national commissioner (1976-1977).
*Denotes Hall of Fame member.
2013 DIXIE DARLINGS, ANGELS, ANGELS X-Play, PONYTAILS,
PONYTAILS X-Play and DEBS
WORLD SERIES RUNNERS-UP AWARD WINNERS
DARLINGS — SABINE, LOUISIANA; HOLMES COUNTY, FLORIDA
ANGELS — SLOCOMB, ALABAMA
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ANGELS X-Play — EAST OUACHITA SOUTH, LOUISANA
PONYTAILS — WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA
PONYTAILS X-Play — JEFFERSON PARISH WESTBANK WEST, LOUISIANA
DEBS — FERRIDAY, LOUISIANA
2013 PALMER “BUDDY” SUGGS DIXIE BELLES WORLD SERIES
RUNNER-UP AWARD WINNER
WEST PASCO, FLORIDA
In  2010, the DSI national board of directors decided, beginning in 2011, the DIXIE BELLES RUNNER-UP AWARD would be named in honor of PALMER “BUDDY”
SUGGS of Whiteville, North Carolina, longtime DSI national board member (1976- 2008).
2013 JAMES E. “OBIE” EVANS DIXIE DARLINGS, ANGELS X-Play,
PONYTAILS, PONYTAILS X-play and DEBS
WORLD SERIES SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS
DARLINGS — HALIFAX AMERICAN, VIRGINIA
ANGELS X-Play — SUMTER, SOUTH CAROLINA
PONYTAILS — WEST MONROE NATIONAL, LOUISIANA
PONYTAILS X-Play — (Representing ARKANSAS) BROKEN BOW, OKLAHOMA
DEBS — BRUNSWICK COUNTY WEST, NORTH CAROLINA
In 1997, the DSI national board of directors decided, beginning in 1997, all Dixie
Softball World Series Sportsmanship Awards would be named in honor of JAMES
E. “OBIE” EVANS of Minor, Alabama, founder of DSI and longtime DSI national
board member (1976 to present) who served as a district, state and national director
and currently serves as national president and treasurer.
2013 JAMES E. “OBIE” EVANS/ASHLIE LYN PIPKIN DIXIE ANGELS
WORLD SERIES SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNER
APPOMATTOX, VIRGINIA
In 2012, the DSI national board of direcors decided, beginning in 2012, that
the name ASHLIE LYN PIPKIN shall appear alongside the name of JAMES E.
“OBIE” EVANS  on the DIXIE ANGELS WORLD SERIES SPORTSMANSHIP
AWARD.В Ashlie was a player for the Host team Sumter, South Carolina, during
the 2009 Dixie Angels World Series who sadly passed away from complications
of swine flu shortly following the World Series.
2013 JAMES E. “OBIE” EVANS/JESSICA GAIL WOOD DIXIE
BELLES WORLD SERIES SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNER
CREW-BURKEVILLE, VIRGINIA
In 2011, the DSI national board of directors decided, beginning in 2012, that
the name JESSICA GAIL WOOD shall appear alongside the name of JAMES E.
“OBIE” EVANS on the DIXIE BELLES WORLD SERIES SPORTSMANSHIP
AWARD. Jessica was a player for the Magee, Mississippi Belles team that
appeared in the 2011 BELLES WORLD SERIES. Jessica was killed in an
automobile accident just days before her team won the Mississippi state
tournament. Jessica lived in the Mize, Mississippi community.
2013 GORDON L. HOBBS DSI SPIRIT AWARD
JACK WILLIAMS, ARKANSAS STATE DIRECTOR
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The GORDON L. HOBBS SPIRIT AWARD, formerly known as the Martha
Lannom Parish Williams Dixie Softball Spirit Award (1996-2001), was renamed in
2002 to honor Gordon L. Hobbs, longtime National Board member (1986 to present),
National Vice President (2000-2006).
2013 CAROL M. WARNER DIXIE SOFTBALL DIRECTOR AWARD
ARKANSAS DIXIE SOFTBALL
The CAROL M. WARNER AWARD, formerly known as The President’s Award
(1978-2002), was renamed in 2003 to honor the late Carol M. Warner, DSI Incorporator (1975-2005), National Treasurer (1975-1985). It is presented annually to the DSI
state(s) for the purpose of recognizing the willingness of the DSI officials to visit,
help establish and maintain leagues and for the overall participation of DSI activities
within their state.
2013 YVONNE L. BRIGHT DIXIE SOFTBALL LEADERSHIP AWARD
DANNY BROOKS, FLORIDA STATE DIRECTOR
The YVONNE L. BRIGHT DIXIE SOFTBALL LEADERSHIP AWARD was established in 1999 to honor those DSI officials (district, state or national) who utilize
their leadership skills through tough exemplary decision making with only the concerns of applying the rules and policies of DSI in a fair and equal manner to all parties
involved. It is named in honor of Yvonne L. Bright of Leland, North Carolina, DSI
National Board member (1981-2012) and National Secretary (1983-2012).
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2014 DIXIE SOFTBALL “BIG
” AWARD
CHRIS CASH, ALABAMA DISTRICT 2 DIRECTOR
  The DIXIE SOFTBALL “BIG K” AWARD was established to honor those DSI
entities who promoted DSI during the current year in ways that stood out from the
normal promotion of Dixie Softball. The name “BIG K” is taken from the initials of
the first names of the two young girls from Minor, Alabama, KERI BRADFORD and
the late KAY DURRETT, who, in 1968, asked the question: “Why is there something
for the boys to play and not a sport that girls can play?” Thus setting in motion the
genesis of Dixie Girls Softball which became what is known today as Dixie Softball.
2013 DIXIE SOFTBALL, INC. SERVICE AWARDS
DSI presents, in five year increments, service awards to members of the National
Board of Directors. In 2013, the following individuals are recognized for their
service: (10 years) RON HUDSON; (15 years) LELAND GASTON, SHARON
LAFITTE, FRANK PERKINS.
2014 DIXIE SEASON DEDICATIONS
The 2014 DSI season is dedicated, IN MEMORY OF: 11-year-old Dixie Softball player
who played for Jones County National, Georgia, ALANA BLAIR LAND; former DSI
player from Fannin, Texas, MELANIE SHELTON HENRY; DSI Hall of Fame member
(1999), DSI Incorporator and DSI’s first national commissioner, CHARLES “BUDDY”
WADE of Brent, Alabama; DSI Hall of Fame member (2003), former Arkansas State
Director 1990-2005, former Dixie Debs SlowPitch National Commissioner (20002001), AUBREY TAPLEY of Mena, Arkansas; DSI Hall of Fame member (2002),
pioneer league administrator, ELIZABETH “BOOTSIE” BROWN (DSI Hall of Fame
member) and JIMMY POINT, coach/league administrator, both from Ward 10 (Tioga),
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Louisiana; coach from Halifax County, Virginia, STEVE CASSADA; former DSI
District Director from Dalton, Georgia, JERRY MANIS; Hoke County, North Carolina
Park & Recreation director, ELGIN BLUE; first person to broadcast games back to his
league’s home area from a Dixie Softball World Series as a radio announcer (WVRYAM) for the Humphreys County, Tennessee DSI program, JIMMY GARMON
of Waverly, Tennessee; former longtime Alabama Dixie Youth state director and
commissioner of Dixie Boys Baseball and one of the people who helped DSI get off
the ground, JOE MARSHALL of Hardeman, Alabama; a true DSI gentleman whose
wife, daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter made DSI history for being
the first 4 generation DSI family, DONNIE GUNTER of Pleasant Grove, Alabama;
KARLEY HOWELL, 9-year old softball player from Bolivar, Tennessee; longtime
Texas Dixie Youth Baseball national director, LARRY WHITEHEAD; belated
dedication to young softball player CARSON FAIRCLOTH of Sneads, Florida; DSI
Hall of Fame member ERNIE WADE of Waverly, Tennessee; LARRY CANNON,
former assistant state director from Andrews, South Carolina; special contributors
CARL COGGINS, SR. and BILLY JOE COX, SR., both from McDonald Chapel/78
West, Alabama; STEVE “BUDDY” WIDMAR, JR., coach Minor/78 West, Alabama;
SHARON HILL (Aydelott), pioneer player from Sandusky/78 West, Alabama; DOUG
TURNER, DSI Hall of Fame member, coach and Honorary DSI Incorporator for
Minor/78 West, Alabama. IN HONOR OF: JIM QUIGLEY of Covington, Louisiana
for his 10 years of service as executive director of Dixie, Inc.; CLAY BURKETT of
Leesville, South Carolina for his many years of service as a district director; MARK
NUTTER of Clarksville, Virginia for his years of service as a district director; two
Dixie Youth Baseball officials who supported DSI through the years, P. L. CORLEY of
Montgomery, Alabama and GARY McJUNKIN of North Charleston, South Carolina;
for his 30 years of service to DSI (3 years Texas state director and 27 years national
Ponytails commissioner), RICHARD T. MURPHY, SR. of Lufkin, Texas; longtime
(33 YEARS) manager of Sadler Insurance’s Sports Insurance Department, DEBBIE
O’BRIEN EDELMAYER of East Columbus, South Carolina.
OFFICIAL PLAYING RULES — GENERAL —2014
.Indicates Wording Change Since 2013
DEFINITIONS
NOTE: Unless specified, wherever DIXIE ANGELS and/or PONYTAILS
appear it shall apply to both TRADITIONAL and X-play styles of play.
1.  ALTERED BAT — A bat is considered altered when the physical structure of
a legal softball bat has been changed. Replacing the handle of a metal bat with a
wooden or other type handle, inserting material inside the bat, applying excessive
tape (more than two (2) layers) to the bat grip, or painting a bat at the top or bottom
for other than identification purposes are examples of altering a bat. Replacing the
grip with another legal grip is not considered altering the bat. A “flare” or “cone”
grip attached to the bat is considered an altered bat.
2.  APPEAL PLAY — An appeal play is a play upon which an umpire cannot
make a decision until requested by a manager, player or coach. The appeal must
be made before the next pitch, legal or illegal, or before the defensive team has
left the field. The defensive team has clearly left the field when the pitcher and all
infielders have clearly left their normal fielding positions and have left fair territory
on their way to the bench or dugout area. At the conclusion of the game, an appeal
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can be made up until the umpires leave the field of play.
3.  BASE ON BALLS — A base on balls permits a batter to gain first base
without liability to be put out and is awarded to a batter by the umpire when four
(4) pitches are judged to be balls.
4.  BASE PATH — A base path is an imaginary line three feet (3’) to either side
of a direct line between the bases.
5.  Base runner — A base runner is a player of the team at bat who has
finished her turn at bat, reached first base, and has not yet been put out.
6.  BATTED BALL — A batted ball is any ball that hits the bat, or is hit by the bat,
and which lands either in fair or foul territory. No intention to hit the ball is necessary.
7.  BATTER’S BOX — The batter’s box is the area to which the batter is restricted
while in position with the intention of helping her team to obtain runs. The lines
are considered as being inside the batter’s box. Prior to the pitch, she may touch
the lines, but no part of her foot may be outside the lines. Refer to SPECIFIC
PLAYING RULES of each age division for dimensions of batter boxes.
8.  BATTER/Base runner — A batter/base runner is a player who has finished
her turn at bat but has not yet been put out or touched first base.
9.  BATTING ORDER — The batting order is the official listing of offensive
players in the order in which members of that team must come to bat. When the
line-up card is submitted, it shall also include each player’s position.
10.  BLOCKED BALL — A blocked ball is a batted or thrown ball that is touched,
stopped or handled by a person not engaged in the game, or which touches any
object that is not part of the official equipment or official playing area.
NOTE: If any illegal offensive equipment prevented the defense from making
an out, the ball is dead, interference will be ruled, the player being played on shall
be declared out, and each other runner must return to the last base touched at the
time of the dead ball declaration. If no apparent play is obvious, a blocked ball is
ruled, no one is called out, and each runner must return to the last base touched at
the time of the dead ball declaration.
11.  BUNT — A bunt is a legally tapped ball not swung at, but intentionally met
with the bat and tapped slowly within the infield.
NOTE: A bunt attempt (“offer”) is any movement of the bat toward the ball
when the ball is over or near the plate area. The mere holding of the bat in the
strike zone is not an attempt to bunt.
12.  CATCH — A catch is a legally caught ball which occurs when the fielder catches a
batted, pitched, or thrown ball with her hand(s) or glove. If the ball is merely held in the
fielder’s arm(s) or prevented from dropping to the ground by some part of the fielder’s body
or clothing, the catch is not completed until the ball is in the grasp of the fielder’s hand(s)
or glove. It is not a catch if a fielder, immediately after she contacts the ball, collides with
another player, umpire, or a fence, or falls to the ground and drops the ball as a result of
the collision or falling to the ground. In establishing a valid catch, the fielder shall hold the
ball long enough to prove she has complete control of the ball and that her release of the
ball is voluntary and intentional. If a player drops the ball after reaching into her glove to
remove the ball, or while in the act of throwing the ball, it is a valid catch. NOTE: A ball
which strikes anything other than a defensive player while it is in flight is ruled the same
as if it struck the ground.
13.  CATCHER’S BOX — The catcher’s box is that area within which the catcher must
remain until the pitch is released. The lines are to be considered within the catcher’s box.
14.  CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES — Championship game(s) are those played by
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first or second half winners to determine league winner or those between tied teams
to determine first or second half winner. They are not regular season scheduled
games but extra games to determine the above.
15.  CHARGED CONFERENCE — A charged conference takes place when:
a.  (Defensive Conference) The defensive team requests a suspension of play for
any reason, and representative (not in the field) of the defensive team enters the
playing field and gives the umpire cause to believe that he has delivered a message
(by any means) to the pitcher. It is not a charged conference when the representative enters the field and removes the pitcher from the pitching position. When the
В­representative crosses the foul line on the return to the dugout, the conference is over.
b.  (Offensive Conference) The offensive team requests a suspension of play to
allow the manager or other team representatives to confer with the batter and/or base
runner(s). It is not a charged conference when an offensive pitcher is putting on a
warm-up jacket on base or if the offense confers while the defensive team is in conference, as long as the offense is ready to play when the defense’s conference is over.
.16.  COACH — A coach is a member of the team at bat (whose name appears
on the Player Registration Form) who takes his place within one of the coach’s box
on the field to direct the players of his team in running the bases. Two (2) coaches are
allowed. (NOTE: REFER TO DIXIE SWEETEES SPECIFIC RULES.) A coach shall
not have any object in his possession in the coach’s box other than a lineup sheet which
shall be used for batting order purposes only. No communication equipment is allowed.
17. COACH-CATCHER — The offensive team’s coach who plays the position
of catcher when a coach-pitcher or pitching machine is used.
18. COACH-PITCHER — The offensive team’s coach who pitches to the players
on his team or who places the ball into the pitching machine.
19.  COMMISSIONER — Where the word “Commissioner” appears it shall mean
the National Commissioner of the particular division in question.
20.  CROW HOP — A crow hop is the illegal act of a pitcher who steps or hops off
the front of the pitcher’s plate, replants the pivot foot, establishing a second impetus (or
starting point), pushes off from the newly established starting point, and completes the delivery.
21.  DEAD BALL — The ball is not in play and is not considered in play again until
the pitcher has the ball in her possession and, is within eight feet (8’) of the pitcher’s
plate and the plate umpire has called “play ball”. A dead ball line is considered in play.
22.  DEFENSIVE TEAM — The defensive team is the team in the field.
23.  DISLODGED BASE — A dislodged base is a base moved from its proper position.
24.  DIVISION(S) — Division(s) is the term used for one or more age groups
of a league.
25.  DIXIE ANGELS — DIXIE ANGELS is the age division within a league
with suggested ages of nine (9) and ten (10) years old.
26.  DIXIE BELLES — DIXIE BELLES is the age division within a league with
suggested ages of thirteen (13) to fifteen (15) years old.
27.  DIXIE DARLINGS — DIXIE DARLINGS is the age division within a
league with suggested ages of seven (7) and eight (8) years old.
28.  DIXIE DEBS — DIXIE DEBS is the age division within a league with
suggested ages of sixteen (16) to eighteen (18) years old.
29.  DIXIE PONYTAILS — DIXIE PONYTAILS is the age division within a
league with suggested ages of eleven (11) and twelve (12) years old.
30.  DIXIE SWEETEES — DIXIE SWEETEES is the age division within a
league with suggested ages of four (4) to six (6) years old.
31.  DOUBLE PLAY — A double play is a play by the defense resulting in two
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(2) offensive players being legally put out.
32.  EJECTION — An infraction which requires removal from the game by the
umpire, whereby the ejected player or coach can no longer participate. A flagrant act
will require the player or coach to leave the grounds for the remainder of the game.
33.  FAIR BALL — A fair ball is a batted ball that:
a.  Settles or is touched on or over fair territory between home plate and first
base or between home plate and third base.
b.  Bounds past first or third base on or over fair territory.
c.  Bounds over any part of the first or third base bag, regardless of where the
ball hits after going over the bag.
d.  While on or over fair territory, touches the person, attached equipment or
clothing of a player or an umpire.
e.  Touches first, second or third base.
f.  First falls or is first touched on or over fair territory beyond first or third base.
g.  While over fair territory, passes out of the playing field beyond the outfield fence.
h.  Hits the foul pole above the fence level.
NOTE: A fair fly shall be judged according to the relative position of the ball and
the foul line, including the foul pole, and not as to whether the fielder is on fair or
foul territory at the time she touches the ball. It does not matter whether the ball
first touches fair or foul territory as long as it does not touch anything foreign to
the natural ground in foul territory and complies with all other aspects of a fair ball.
34.  FAIR TERRITORY — Fair territory is that part of the playing field within
and including the first and third base foul lines from home plate to the extreme
playing field fence and perpendicularly upward.
35.  FAKE TAG — A fake tag is a form of obstruction by a fielder who neither has
the ball nor is about to receive the ball, and which impedes the progress of a runner
either advancing or returning to a base. The runner does not have to stop or slide.
Merely slowing down when a fake tag is administered would constitute obstruction.
36.  FIELDER — A fielder is any player of the team in the field.
37.  FLY BALL — A fly ball is any ball batted into the air.
38.  FORCE OUT — A force-out is an out which can be made only when a base
runner loses the right to the base she is occupying because the batter becomes a
batter/base runner, and before the batter/runner or a succeeding base runner has
been put out.
39.  FOUL BALL — A foul ball is a batted ball that:
a.  Settles or is touched on or in foul territory between home plate and first base,
or between home plate and third base.
b.  Bounds or rolls past first or third base on or over foul territory.
c.  While on or over foul territory, touches the person, attached equipment or clothing
of a player or an umpire, or any object foreign to the natural ground and provided a fair
ball declaration had not been made prior to the ball entering foul territory.
d.  First falls or is first touched over foul territory beyond first or third base.
e.  Touches the batter or the bat a second time while the ball is within the batter’s box.
f.  Immediately rebounds up from the ground or home plate and hits the bat a
second time while the batter is in the batter’s box.
NOTE: A foul fly shall be judged according to the relative position of the ball
and the foul line, including the foul pole, and not as to whether the fielder is on
foul or fair territory at the time she touches the ball.
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NOTE: A fly ball that is caught in foul territory before it hits the ground or
anything foreign to the natural ground is a “live” ball and will be played as if the
fly ball was caught in fair territory.
40.  FOUL TIP — A foul tip is a batted ball which goes directly from the bat,
not higher than the batter’s head, to the catcher’s hand(s) and is legally caught by
the catcher.
NOTE: It is not a foul tip unless caught, and any foul tip that is caught is a strike
and the ball is in play. It is not a catch if it is a rebound, unless the ball touched
the catcher’s hand(s) or glove.
41.  HELMET — A helmet with double ear flaps shall be the type which has safety
features equal to or greater than those provided by the full plastic cap with padding
on the inside. The liner or skull type helmet does not meet the rules specification.
42.  HOME TEAM — The home team is the team on whose grounds the game
is played, or if the game is played on neutral ground, the home team shall be
designated by mutual agreement or by a flip of a coin.
43.  ILLEGAL BAT — An illegal bat is one that does not meet the requirements
of Rule 2:02.
44.  ILLEGALLY BATTED BALL — An illegally batted ball occurs when:
a.  A batter’s entire foot is completely outside the lines of the batter’s box and
on the ground when she hits a ball fair or foul.
b.  Any part of the batter’s foot is touching home plate when she hits the ball
fair or foul.
c.  The batter hits the ball with an illegal bat.
45.  ILLEGALLY CAUGHT BALL — An illegally caught ball occurs when
a fielder catches a batted or thrown ball with her cap, mask, protector, pocket,
detached glove, or any part of her uniform that is detached from its proper place.
46.  ILLEGAL PITCHER — An illegal pitcher is a player legally in the game
but one who may not pitch as a result of being removed from the pitching position by the umpire as a result of three (3) charged conferences in one (1) inning,
or having used up her eligible number of innings to pitch, or if she returns to the
pitching position before she is eligible to after pitching a certain number of innings
in the game prior to the game she presently is pitching in.
47.  ILLEGAL PLAYER — An illegal player is a player who has entered the
game without reporting. When brought to the plate umpire’s attention by the offended team before the first pitch (legal or illegal) or play.
48.  INELIGIBLE PLAYER — An ineligible player is a player who does not
meet the requirements of Dixie Softball. The determination of eligibility is not the
responsibility of the umpire.
49.  IN FLIGHT — In flight describes any batted, thrown, or pitched ball which
has not yet touched the ground or some object other than a fielder.
50.  IN JEOPARDY — In jeopardy is a term indicating that the ball is in play
and an offensive player may be put out.
51.  INFIELD — The infield is that portion of the field in fair territory which
includes areas normally covered by infielders.
52.  INFIELD FLY — An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line
drive or an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort
when first and second or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two (2)
are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who positions herself in the infield
on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule.
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NOTE: When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an INFIELD FLY, the
umpire shall IMMEDIATELY declare “INFIELD FLY, THE BATTER IS OUT” for
the benefit of the base runners. If the ball is near the foul lines, the umpire shall
declare “INFIELD FLY, THE BATTER IS OUT IF FAIR”. The ball is alive and
runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught or retouched and advance
after the ball is touched, the same as on any fly ball. If the hit becomes a foul ball,
it is treated the same as any foul. If a declared INFIELD FLY is allowed to fall
untouched to the ground and bounces foul before passing first or third base, it is
a foul ball. If a declared INFIELD FLY falls untouched to the ground outside the
foul line, and bounces fair before passing first or third base, it is an INFIELD FLY.
NOTE: When an umpire decides that a ball shall be ruled an INFIELD FLY he
shall declare that it is an INFIELD FLY by giving the INFIELD FLY signal as well
as vocally declaring that it is an INFIELD FLY in a voice that can be heard by the
nearest fielder. Regardless of whether the nearest fielder hears the call or not the
INFIELD FLY rule shall be in effect and no protest will be allowed.
53.  INNING — An inning is that portion of a game within which the teams
alternate on offense and defense and in which there are three (3) outs for each
team. A new inning begins immediately after the final out of the previous inning.
54.  INTERFERENCE — Interference is the act of an offensive player or team
member which impedes or confuses a defensive player attempting to execute a play.
55.  LEAGUE — League is the term used when a franchise is filed with two (2)
or more teams in one (1) or more divisions.
56.  LEAPING — Leaping is an illegal act by the pitcher which causes her to
be airborne on her initial move and push from the pitcher’s plate. The momentum
built by the forward movement of the pitcher causing the entire body, including
both the pivot foot and the non-pivot foot, to be in the air and moving toward home
plate as the delivery is completed.
57.  LEGAL TOUCH — A legal touch occurs when a base runner or batter/base
runner who is not touching a base is touched by the ball while it is securely held
in a fielder’s hand(s). The ball is not considered as having been securely held if
it is juggled or dropped by the fielder after having touched the runner, unless the
runner deliberately knocks the ball from the hand of the fielder. It is sufficient for
the runner to be touched with the hand(s) or glove which holds the ball.
58.  LEGALLY CAUGHT BALL — A legally caught ball occurs when a fielder
catches a batted, pitched, or thrown ball, provided it is not caught in the fielder’s
cap, mask, protector, pocket or other part of her uniform that is detached from its
proper place on her person. It must be caught and firmly held with a hand or hands. A
player may not be contacting anything in a “dead” ball area at the time of the catch.
59.  LINE DRIVE — A line drive is a fly ball that is batted sharply and directly
into the playing field.
60.  LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION — Gives a league the right to adopt any rule
for LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION. If the league’s governing body fails to adopt the
rule it does not apply.
NOTE: This option does not give a league the right to redesign the rule to its
satisfaction, but only the right to accept the option of using it or not.
61.  MANAGER — The manager is the person (whose name appears on the
Player Registration Blank) designated as the “head coach” and is responsible for
the actions and behavior of his team.
62.  OBSTRUCTION — Obstruction is the act of:
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a.  A defensive player or team member which hinders or prevents a batter from
striking or hitting a pitched ball.
b.  A fielder, (1) not in possession of the ball, (2) not in the act of fielding a
batted ball, or (3) not about to receive a thrown ball which impedes the progress
of a base runner or batter-runner who is legally running bases.
63.  OFFENSIVE TEAM — The offensive team is the team at bat.
64.  ON-DECK BATTER. The on-deck batter is the offensive player whose name
follows the name of the batter in the batting order. She shall take a position within
the lines of the on-deck circle behind the batter.
65.  OUTFIELD — The outfield is that portion of the field which is outside the
diamond formed by the baselines, or the area not normally covered by an infielder,
and within the foul lines beyond first and third bases and boundaries of the grounds.
66.  OVERSLIDE — An overslide is the act of an offensive player when, as a base
runner, she overslides a base she is attempting to reach. It is usually caused when
her momentum causes her to lose contact with the base which then causes her to
be in jeopardy. The batter/runner may overslide first base without being in jeopardy.
67.  OVERTHROW — An overthrow occurs when a thrown ball from a fielder
goes beyond the boundary line of the playing field (dead ball territory). Should the
overthrow be ruled a blocked ball, the ball is dead.
68.  PASSED BALL — A passed ball is a legally delivered ball that should have
been held or controlled by the catcher with ordinary effort.
69.  PIVOT FOOT — The pivot foot is that foot which must remain in contact
with the pitcher’s plate. Pushing off with the pivot foot from a place other than
the pitcher’s plate is illegal.
70.  “PLAY BALL” — “Play ball” is the term used by the plate umpire to
indicate that play shall begin or be resumed when the pitcher has the ball in her
possession and is within eight feet (8’) of the pitcher’s plate. All defensive players
except the catcher, who must be in her box, must be anywhere on fair grounds to
put the ball in play. Players of the team in the field may be stationed anywhere on
fair territory, except the catcher, who must be in the catcher’s box, and the pitcher,
who must be in a legal pitching position at the start of each pitch. When a pitch is
delivered without all defensive players in fair territory, an illegal pitch shall be declared. NOTE: REFER TO DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS SPECIFIC RULES.
71. PLAYER-PITCHER — The defensive team’s player playing the pitcher’s
position when a batting tee, coach-pitcher or pitching machine is used.
72.  PLAYING SITUATION — A playing situation is anything covered under
the playing rules of DSI and/or regular softball.
73. PROGRAM — A program is where two or more leagues play under the
same set of directors.
74.  QUICK RETURN PITCH — A quick return pitch is one made by the pitcher
with the obvious attempt to catch the batter off balance. This would be before the
batter takes her desired position in the batter’s box or while she is still off balance
as a result of the previous pitch.
75.  SACRIFICE FLY — A sacrifice fly is scored when, with fewer than two
(2) outs, (a) the batter scores a runner with a fly ball or line drive that is caught,
or (b) the batter scores a runner with a fly ball or line drive that is dropped by an
outfielder (or an infielder running into the outfield), and, in the scorer’s judgment, the
runner could have scored after the catch had the fly ball or line drive been caught.
76.  SERIES — Series is more than one (1) game played between teams.
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77.  STARTING PITCHER — The starting pitcher is the player listed as pitcher
on the lineup card or official scorebook who throws the first pitch of the game.
78.  STEALING — Stealing is the act of a base runner attempting to advance
during a pitch to the batter.
79.  STRIKE ZONE — The strike zone is that space over any part of home
plate between the batter’s arm pits and the top of her knees when she assumes a
natural batting stance.
80.  “TIME” — “Time” is the term used by the umpire to order the suspension of play.
81. TRIPLE PLAY — A triple play is a continuous action play by the defense
in which three (3) offensive players are put out.
82.  TURN AT BAT — A turn at bat begins when a player first enters the batter’s
box and continues until she is put out or becomes a batter/base runner.
83.  WILD PITCH — A wild pitch is a legally delivered ball so high, so low,
or so wide of home plate that the catcher cannot, or does not, stop and control it
with ordinary effort.
1:00 — THE PLAYING FIELD, GENERAL
NOTE: REFER TO SPECIFIC RULES OF EACH DIVISION FOR CERTAIN
SPECIFIC RULES CONCERNING THE PLAYING FIELD AND ITS EFFECT
TO EACH DIVISION.
1:01 — There shall be a batter’s box on each side of home plate. The inside
lines of the batter’s box shall be four inches (4”) from home plate. The lines are
considered part of the batter’s box. (See diagram shown earlier in this rule guide.)
NOTE: Refer to SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES of each division for dimensions
of batter boxes.  1:02 — Home plate shall be seventeen inches (17”) long on the edge nearest the
pitcher’s plate and shall be seventeen inches (17”) from this side to the back point.
The two sides shall be eight and one-half inches (8½”) long before they angle back.
Construction shall be of white rubber, with black beveled apron, and spikes may be
permanent or removable. Construction shall provide maximum protection in design.
1:03 — The pitcher’s plate shall be of white rubber six inches (6”) by twenty-four
inches (24”) and shall be placed on the same level as the home plate.
NOTE: Refer to the specific playing rules of each age division for the distance
of the pitching plate.
NOTE: DIXIE SOFTBALL recognizes the fact that in some areas that both
boys and girls play on the same field and therefore approves of fields that have a
raised pitching mound. However, it is highly recommended that such mounds be
removed, when possible, for all tournament play.
1:04 — (Local League Option) There shall be an eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle around the pitcher’s plate. It shall be measured from the center of
the pitcher’s plate.
NOTE: If a league options not to draw the circle, it will be judged by the umpires,
and all rules covering the circle will apply.
1:05 —Bases shall be of material of the league’s own choice (cloth or rubber)
but shall be of official size fourteen inches by fourteen inches by two and onefourth inches (14” x 14” x 21/4”) maximum. Bases may be anchored by straps or
by the Hollywood type anchors. DSI recommends that the break-away safety bases
be used at second and third base. When a double first base is used the base shall
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be considered as one base for the calling of plays. EXAMPLE A: If a base runner
steps on the white part of the base it shall be treated as if she had stepped on the
orange part of the base. EXAMPLE B: If a fielder steps on the orange part of the
base it shall be treated as if she stepped on the white part of the base. NOTE: A
double first base can be used in DSI play.
NOTE: When a double first base is used, the base shall be considered as one (1)
base for the calling of plays. EXAMPLE A: If a base runner steps on the white part
of the base it shall be treated as if she has stepped on the orange part of the base.
EXAMPLE B: If a fielder steps on the orange part of the base it shall be treated
as if she stepped on the white part of the base.
NOTE: If a game starts with the pitcher’s plate, the eight-foot RADIUS circle
and/or bases at the wrong distance, the error, when discovered, will be corrected
and the game shall resume from the point of when the error was discovered. All
results of a game up to the point of discovery of the error shall remain in tact and
are not to be replaced.
1:06 — The catcher’s box shall be the foul lines extended nine feet (9’), with
the points then joined. (See diagram, page 19).
1:07 — The base runner’s path on the first base line shall be three feet (3’) outside of the foul line and shall begin thirty feet (30’) from home plate and extended
parallel to the foul line to first base.
1:08 — The coach’s box is between two lines eight feet (8’) long drawn outside
the playing field. The lines shall be four feet (4’) apart and are parallel to and six
feet (6’) from the first and third baseline extended toward home plate.
1:09 — Lighted fields shall be those deemed safe by local league officials.
1:10 — Infields may either be grassed or skinned (no grass).
2:00 — EQUIPMENT/UNIFORMS/SAFETY
2:01 — The official softball shall be a regular, smooth-seam or mid youth stitch
or flat surfaced ball. The center of the ball may be made of either No. 1 quality
long fiber Kapok or a mixture of cork and rubber, hand or machine wound, with a
fine quality twisted yarn and covered with latex or rubber cement, or a solid plastic
core, or it may be made of other materials approved by DSI. The cover of the ball
shall be the finest quality No. 1 chrome tanned horse or cow hide cemented to the
ball by application of cement to the underside of the cover and sewed with waxed
thread of white or red cotton or linen. The cover of the ball may also be made of
synthetic material. All softballs for DSI play will be optic yellow in color. The color
of thread used in stitching the softball is optional with the manufacturer.
.NOTE: The official ball for the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, and ANGELS
shall be a ball not less than ten and seven-eights inches (107/8”) nor more than eleven
and one-eighth inches (111/8”) in circumference, and shall weigh not less than five
and seven-eighths ounces (57/8 oz.) nor more than six and one-eighth ounces (61/8
oz.) avoirdupois.
NOTE: The official ball for the DIXIE PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS shall
be a ball not less than eleven and seven-eighths inches (117/8”) nor more than twelve
and one-eighth inches (121/8”) in circumference, and shall weigh not less than six
and one-fourth ounces (61/4 oz.) nor more than seven ounces (7 oz.) avoirdupois.
NOTE: Leagues have the option to use the eleven inch (11”) and/or twelve inch
(12”) softball in their local league play when a league combines its DIXIE ANGELS
and PONYTAILS divisions. Combined teams may allow the DIXIE PONYTAILS age
players to use the twelve inch (12”) softball and the DIXIE ANGELS age players
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to use the eleven inch (11”) softball in the same game if they so choose. However,
the softball used during DIXIE PONYTAILS tournament play shall be the twelve
inch (12”) softball and during DIXIE ANGELS tournament play shall be the eleven
inch (11”) softball.
NOTE: Only softballs that bear the signature of the National President of DSI,
stamped by an “approved” manufacturer, can be used in any regular season game.
NOTE: All softballs used in Dixie Softball play must NOT exceed a COR of
0.47. Softballs with a COR of less than 0.47 may be used. All temperature treated
softballs are illegal. DIXIE SWEETEES SHALL USE THE EQUIVALENT OF
A “LEVEL 5” STYLE SOFTBALL.
NOTE: NEW LEAGUES WILL BE GIVEN TWO (2) YEARS IN WHICH TO
USE UP THEIR PRESENT STOCK OF UNAPPROVED SOFTBALLS. ANY
GAMES PLAYED USING SOFTBALLS THAT ARE NOT APPROVED BY DSI
WILL NOT BE OFFICIAL GAMES AND WILL NOT COUNT IN LEAGUE
STANDINGS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NEW LEAGUES.
NOTE: Leagues may have the option to use approved softballs or the soft feeling softballs in the DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS divisions during regular
season and using the type of softball approved by the majority of leagues within a
league’s district play.
.NOTE: The DIXIE SWEETEES & DARLINGS will play by coach-pitch rules
in tournament play.
NOTE: REFER TO TOURNAMENT RULES FOR THE ONLY SOFTBALLS
THAT ARE APPROVED FOR DSI TOURNAMENT PLAY.
2:02 — The official bat shall be round, made of one piece of hard wood, or formed
from a block of wood consisting of two (2) or more pieces of wood bonded together
with an adhesive in such a way that the grain directions of all pieces is essentially
parallel to the length of the bat. Plastic, bamboo, ceramic, graphite, carbon, magnesium, fiberglass or any other composite material approved by DSI, are acceptable
materials for construction of bats. Any such laminated bat shall contain only wood or
adhesive, except for a clear finish. The bat shall be no more than thirty-four inches
(34”) long and not more than two and one-fourth inches (21/4”) in diameter at its
largest part. A tolerance of one thirty-seconds inches (1/32”) is permitted to allow for
expansion. The bat, in its entirety, shall not exceed thirty-eight ounces (38 oz.) in
weight. The bat shall have a safety grip of cork, tape, or composition material. The
safety grip shall not be less than ten inches (10”) long and shall not extend more
than fifteen inches (15”) from the small end of the bat. The bat shall not have nails,
staples, screws, or any form of exterior fastener that would present a hazard. All
exposed surfaces of the bat shall be smooth and free of burrs. DIXIE SWEETEES
bats can measure no longer than thirty-one inches (31”) in length.
The bat may be made of one piece or multi piece metal. The bat shall have no
exposed rivets, pins, rough or sharp edges, or any form of exterior fastener that would
present a hazard. All exposed surfaces of the bat shall be smooth and free of burrs.
A metal bat shall not have a wooden handle. It shall conform to all of the above
specifications with the exception that it is metal instead of wood, plastic or bamboo.
Unless the bat is made of one-piece construction with the barrel end closed there shall
be a rubber or vinyl plastic insert firmly secured at the large end of the bat. A ONEPIECE RUBBER GRIP AND KNOB COMBINATION IS ILLEGAL. A metal or
magnesium bat must have a knob on the handle end welded or mechanically fastened.
Bats may be “flame treated” or natural finish or colored, and the markings
showing that they are stamped “OFFICIAL SOFTBALL”, “YOUTH SOFTBALL”
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and/or “FASTPITCH SOFTBALL” must remain throughout their normal life. Only
bats that meet the above specifications shall become official and recognized as an
“Approved DSI Model.” Shaved, rolled or loaded bats are illegal.
NOTE: ALL TOURNAMENT BATS (MADE OF ANY MATERIAL) MUST BE
STAMPED “OFFICIAL SOFTBALL”, “YOUTH SOFTBALL” AND/OR “FASTPITCH
SOFTBALL” AND MUST BEAR THE NAME OF AN “APPROVED DSI MANUFACTURER.”
NOTE: Umpires have the authority to remove any bat that he deems unsafe
due to the bat’s color.
DSI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO APPROVE/DISAPPROVE ANY BAT THAT
MEETS THE SPECIFICATIONS OF RULE 2:02 AND/OR THOSE APPROVED/
WARNING!!
Manufacturers have warned that altering helmets in any way can
be dangerous. Alterations of a helmet in any form, including painting,
by anyone other than the manufacturer or an authorized dealer may
void the warranty!
DISAPPROVED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF SOFTBALL.
Leagues joining DIXIE SOFTBALL shall be permitted to use presently owned
bats not manufactured by an “Approved” manufacturer for two (2) years but not
during tournament play. NOTE: APPROVED SUPPLIERS ARE THOSE LISTED
ANNUALLY BY DSI.
2:03 — Players may wear any type clothing in local league play approved by the
league provided they do not contradict any other DSI apparel rule. Ball caps or visors,
when worn, are considered part of the clothing. Individual players may wear a cap or
visor. However, if more than one cap or visor are worn by a team the caps or visors
must coordinate with the rest of the player’s uniform. Player’s on a team may wear
caps or visors but not both during the same game.
EXCEPTION: The catcher, batter, on-deck batter, base runner, player/coach,
player/bat girls, etc., shall not wear a cap when they have their catcher’s or batter’s
helmets on.
NOTE: Clothing shall include shoes and a pitcher shall not wear a shirt with
long sleeves that blend with the color of the softball.
NOTE: Advertisements, emblems and/or wording that would denote or infer the
use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, gambling, illegal drugs, obscenities or profanity
shall not appear on uniforms, equipment or team gear.
.NOTE: For safety reasons, uniforms shall not have on them anywhere and
in any color or manner designs that resemble a softball. Uniforms cannot be over
twenty percent (20%) in a color that blends with the softball. This includes uniforms, socks, pads, etc. NOTE: Batting/base running helmets cannot be over twenty
percent (20%) in a color that blends in with the softball. DSI recommends that all
uniforms of the color that blends in with the softball not be used.В Any patch or
uniformВ design, etc. approvedВ by DSI can be worn. DSI reserves the right to refuse
any designВ on uniforms, clothingВ or equipment worn by a player, coach or fan.
NOTE: Dixie Softball recommends that each player participating in regular season
play have on their uniform the DSI insignia (patch).
2:04 — Players or other personnel on the field, including managers, coaches,
umpires, player/bat girls, etc., shall not wear shoes with metal cleats.
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2:05 — Coaches MUST present a neat appearance including shirt, pants, shorts
and shoes (open toed and heelless shoes are not allowed). If shorts are worn they
must be of a modest length. Halter, tank and tube tops and the like are prohibited.
Tops must reach below the proper belt line of pants or shorts.
2:06 — For safety and injury prevention; casts, jewelry such as wrist watches,
bracelets, earrings, necklaces, hair barrette, hairpins, ponytail holders that are made
of a hard substance, rings, any devices to receive or send coaching instructions, or
any other item deemed dangerous by the plate umpire SHALL NOT BE WORN
during the game. Covering these items with tape or other substances is not permitted. Penalty for a player who does not remove the item(s) deemed dangerous by
the plate umpire shall be removal of the player from the game and she shall not
be allowed to re-enter that game.
NOTE: DSI RECOMMENDS THAT ALL COACHES AND UMPIRES ABIDE
BY SAFETY RULE 2:05.
NOTE: Items in the dugout area such as bats, balls, gloves, batting helmets,
catcher’s equipment, bat bags, all buckets etc., must be stored in a manner as to
not be a safety hazard to the players, i.e., off the floor. Equipment and other items
deemed not essential to the game should not be in the dugout.
NOTE: For safety reasons and to avoid interference with plays, coaches should
remain inside the dugout.
NOTE: Cell phones or other electronic devices will not be allowed on the person
or in equipment bags within the confines of the playing/dugout area by players,
coaches and umpires. Any needed phones may be kept by a person sitting in the
spectator’s area.
2:07 — The batter’s helmet shall be made of Ultra High Impact Plastic or High
Impact Plastic Shell. The shell shall be of one-piece construction or two pieces if
they snap into a single unit similar to the one-piece construction type. The helmet
shall have pieces for ears and full protection for the head and temple. The padding
shall be of heavy rubber or similar material. The use of the web-type suspension
inside the helmet is not recommended. It is recommended that all future replacements of present stocks be of the padded type. All batting helmets worn in Dixie
Softball play MUST be the style made with chin strap snaps and chin straps MUST
be properly worn at all times that a player is required a batting helmet. (The penalty
for a player not wearing the chin strap shall be after one (1) warning in a game she
shall be called out for each subsequent time she comes to bat or runs the bases with
an illegal helmet.) A player shall not remove her helmet while at bat or while running
the bases. The helmet shall be worn by any offensive player while on the playing
field, such as the player/bat girl, on-deck batter, batter, base runner or base coach.
Penalty for removal of the helmet while on the playing field shall be that for a
first offense the player shall be warned by the umpire; for second and subsequent
offenses in the same game, she shall be called out. If the violation is by a player/
bat girl, on-deck batter or base coach the penalty for their second (2nd) offense is
removal from the game and from the field.
NOTE: Each batter and each base runner must wear a batter’s helmet and each
catcher must wear a catcher’s helmet which meets the above requirements. Batter’s helmets only, must bear the NOCSAE seal of approval. Catcher’s helmets are
not required to bear this seal. The helmet must fit with a snug fit to the head and
must be worn as intended by the manufacturer. No other hat or cap may be worn
underneath the helmet.
NOTE: Helmets shall not be worn in an improper manner, such as on the back
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of the head, etc., and if a player’s hairstyle causes the helmet to fit improperly then
the player should change her hairstyle so that the helmet will fit properly.
NOTE: DSI, its officers and directors, do not assume any liability for any equipment, altered or not altered, that is used in any DSI activity. Leagues, coaches and
players who choose to have their helmet(s) painted by someone other than the
manufacturer or an authorized dealer must assume all liability of any injuries caused
by an altered helmet. This statement does not approve of the painting of helmets
other than by the manufacturer or an authorized dealer but is a warning to those
who choose to paint their helmets that they assume the liability of the helmet and
may void the warranty of the helmet.
.2:08 — A face guard attached to the batting helmet is required for play in
all age divisions for all batters, base runners, on-deck batters, player/bat girls
and players and/or youth serving as a base coach. The face guard becomes a
permanent part of the helmet in regards to all rules. The wearing of a helmet
is optional for adult coaches. Approved facial protective devices must provide
full coverage which will include, but not be limited to, protection for the eyes,
nose, mouth and teeth, jaws and cheek bones and forehead and temple areas.
NOTE: Face guards for fielders/pitchers are highly recommended. NOTE:
A FACE GUARD IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PLAYERS PLAYING THE
PLAYER-PITCHER POSITION IN DIXIE SWEETEES AND DARLINGS.
THE FACE GUARD MAY BE ATTACHED TO AN APPROVED HELMET.
2:09 — Catchers must wear a softball style body protector, catcher’s helmet, face
mask and softball style shin guards. A hard, plastic protector manufactured for the
purpose of protecting the throat shall be securely attached to the mask (including
the hockey-style masks) at all times. (Homemade devices made from other pieces
of equipment nor permanent manufactured extensions on masks, may not be used
for this purpose.) The catcher’s helmet shall be made of Ultra High Impact Plastic
or High Impact Plastic Shell with a heavy rubber padding or similar product. The
helmet may be made part of the mask or a separate unit. All catcher’s helmets must
be the style that completely covers the catcher’s ears. The catcher’s equipment
other than the helmet may be the choice of the local organization as almost all
equipment mentioned is of high quality and affords the protection needed. DIXIE
SOFTBALL urges that such equipment be purchased to fit the catcher in the way
it was manufactured. Injuries may be caused by too loose or too tight adjustments.
NOTE: Body protectors should be adjusted for snug fit and shin
guards shall cover the catcher ’s knees when in a squatting position.
2:10 — Any player warming up a pitcher on the mound, in a bullpen or
elsewhere, shall wear a catcher’s mask with a helmet and throat protector even if
the mask has a manufactured extension at the bottom of the mask. A BATTING
HELMET WITH ONLY A FACE GUARD CANNOT BE USED TO WARM UP
THE PITCHER. It is strongly recommended that only players warm up pitchers
at anytime during practice and all games. Anyone, including adults, warming up a
pitcher MUST wear a catcher’s helmet with a facemask and throat protector. ONLY MANAGERS, COACHES AND PLAYERS CAN WARM UP A PITCHER
WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE PLAYING FACILITY. Facility is defined as the
parking area, outside or inside the playing field. In other words, any area deemed
a part of the facility on which the game will be played.
NOTE: Pitchers should be warmed up in designated areas only. If a player
is throwing underhanded during warm-ups she shall be assumed to be a pitcher.
Whether the person warming up the aforementioned is standing, sitting or in the
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normal catcher’s position they must wear the protective catcher’s mask with a
helmet and throat protector.
PENALTY: If any player, manager or coach (regardless of catching position) is
caught warming up a pitcher without the proper helmet/faceguard protection the
manager/head coach of that team shall be removed as a manager/head coach and
shall NOT be allowed inside the playing field/dugout area for that or the next game,
whichever is applicable.
NOTE: Any subsequent violation of this rule the manager/head coach shall be
removed from further managing/coaching in the tournament.
NOTE: Adult males warming up a pitcher should wear a protective cup and a
chest Protector. Adult females warming up a pitcher should wear a chest protector.
2:10 — The on-deck batter will use the on-deck batter’s circle behind the batter
that is at bat during a practice or regular game.
NOTE: If a field is laid out in such a manner that the on-deck batter would be
behind a protective fence, screen, etc., then the on-deck batter may stand in the
on-deck batter’s circle nearest her dugout.
2:11 — A player, manager/coach or umpire who is bleeding or who has blood
on their uniform shall be prohibited from participating further in the game until appropriate treatment can be administered. If medical care or treatment is administered
in a reasonable length of time, the individual will not have to leave the game. The
length of time that is considered reasonable is left to the judgment of the umpire or
in the case where an umpire is involved, the judgment of the umpire not involved.
Uniform rule violations will NOT be enforced if a uniform change is required. The
umpire shall:
(a) Stop the game and allow treatment if the injured person would affect the
continuation of the game.
(b) Immediately call a manager/coach, trainer or other authorized person to the
injured person.
(c) Apply the rules of the game regarding substitution, short-handed player and
re-entry if necessary.
2:12 — Gloves may be worn by any player, but mitts may be used only by the
catcher and first baseman. The pitcher’s glove shall be solid or multi-color as long
as none of the colors are similar to that of the softball. Multi-color gloves are acceptable for all other players.
2:13 — The style or make of all other equipment that is used in the DIXIE
SOFTBALL program shall be the choice of the local league. However, it is highly
recommended that leagues purchase “DIXIE SOFTBALL APPROVED” equipment
when purchasing new stock as it benefits the entire DIXIE SOFTBALL program.
2:14 — NO EQUIPMENT SHALL BE LEFT LYING ON THE FIELD, EITHER
IN FAIR OR FOUL TERRITORY.
2:15 — DSI recommends that lightning detectors be installed at all softball
field complexes.
3:00 — THE GAME — GENERAL
NOTE: REFER TO SPECIFIC RULES OF EACH DIVISION FOR CERTAIN SPECIFIC RULES CONCERNING THE GAME AND ITS EFFECT TO EACH DIVISION.
PLAYERS/SUBSTITUTES
 3:01 — A team must have the required number of players to start or continue
a game. Requirements are as follows:
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DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS and ANGELS ten (10) players, and
DIXIE PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS nine (9) players.
NOTE: Any team not having the required number of players to start or continue
a game MUST forfeit the game. However, if the opposing team wants to start or
continue a game when a team does not have the required number of players they
may do so but the game will be counted as a forfeiture win for the team that has
the required number of players.
EXCEPTION: A league may choose to play games without the proper number
of players and may borrow players of equal or less age, without penalty, as long as
the borrowed player is a registered player from the same league. Players shall not
be allowed to pitch for any team using them as a borrowed player. If a league chooses
to accept this EXCEPTION, the acceptance must appear in the league’s By-Laws.
3:02 — Players positions shall be designated as follows:
(1) pitcher, (2) catcher, (3) first baseman, (4) second baseman, (5) third baseman,
(6) shortstop, (7) left fielder, (8) center fielder and (9) right fielder.
  NOTE: In the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS and ANGELS there is an extra
outfielder who shall be designated as (10) short fielder. NOTE the following: The short
fielder shall be considered an outfielder and will be subject to the rules of outfielders
and must be in an outfielder’s position when the ball is hit.
3:03 — EACH LEAGUE MUST COMPLY WITH THE PLAYER PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENT RULE OF DSI.
(A) All players, on every team (regular season and tournament play), must play
at least six (6) consecutive outs on defense.
EXCEPTION: This rule shall apply only if the game is completed;
DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS and ANGELS five (5) innings, and
DIXIE PONYTAILS six (6) innings, and
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS seven (7) innings.
PENALTY: If the winning team violates this rule, it shall forfeit the game provided
that the opposing manager files a protest within the fifteen (15) minute time limit
allowed for such protest (refer to rule 4:03). (In addition, the umpire-in-chief shall
declare a forfeit for any team, which attempts to intentionally allow the opposing
team to score in order to extend the game so that it may comply with the player
participation requirement.)
NOTE: Local leagues shall have the authority to adopt local rule requiring more
than six (6) consecutive outs on defense.
(B) Managers are required to list all players in the batting order for each game. The
batting order will be continuous and shall remain the same throughout the game. EXCEPTION: If a player is removed from the game for any reason, her spot in the batting
order shall be skipped for the remainder of the game without penalty. If removed from
the game on offense while at bat for an injury or a medical reason, the next batter in
the batting order will replace the removed player and the replacement batter will assume
the count of the removed player. If the player is removed due to an injury or medical
reason while occupying a base, the last preceding player not on base will replace the
removed player at that time.
EXAMPLE: If the Number six (6) batter is replaced on base under this rule,
the Number five (5) batter would replace the removed player. If the Number five
(5) batter is already on base, then continue to Number four (4) or Number three (3)
batter and so on until the selection of the replacement involves someone who is not
currently on base. This rule is intended to prevent a player from coming to bat for
a player who is on base running for another player and to eliminate manipulation
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of runners. Players who arrive late after the game has started may be added to the
end of the batting order.
3:04 – A player will not violate the substitution rule until one (1) legal or
illegal pitch has been thrown. The following regulations govern the substitution or
players:
a. The coach of the team making the substitution should immediately notify
the official scorekeeper, who will ask the umpire to suspend the game and have the
substitution announced. A player shall be officially in the game without penalty:
(1) Offensively, when her name appears in the batting order.
(2) Defensively, when she takes the place of the fielder being substituted for.
(3) If a pitcher, when she takes her place on the pitcher’s plate.
EXCEPTION: Each pitcher: whose name has been announced or is listed as
the starting pitcher or who has taken her place on the pitcher’s plate, must pitch
until the first batter facing her has completed her turn at bat or the side has been
retired. Any other player may be removed from the game at any time.
NOTE: If a pitcher, after having pitched in a game, takes warmup pitches before an Inning but is removed before she throws a pitch
to a batter she does not have to pitch to a batter to satisfy this rule.
NOTE: All substitutions MUST be reported to the official scorekeeper. PENALTY:
If a substitution is not reported to the official scorekeeper it could result in the
forfeiture of the game if properly protested.
3:05A - “Illegal” substitutions must be noticed by the opposing manager and called
to the attention of an umpire immediately upon the “illegal” substitute entering the
game and before another pitch is thrown or before another play. If no complaint
of an “illegal” substitution is made before the first pitch or play, the substitution
becomes legal. PENALTY FOR VIOLATION (when noticed and protested as outlined
above): Immediate removal of the “illegal” substitute from the game.
NOTE: For the purpose of this rule, a player enters the game when (a) a batter
steps into the batter’s box; (b) a fielder takes a fielding position; (c) a runner takes
a position on the basepath as a base runner.
3:05B — If an “illegal” pitcher is substituted into the game, this is a continuing violation and may be protested at any time during its continuation. PENALTY
FOR VIOLATION: The “illegal” pitcher shall be removed from the mound and
the offended team shall have the choice of replaying the game from the point the
“illegal” pitcher entered the game to pitch, or continue from the point when the
violation is discovered. If otherwise eligible, the pitcher who is removed from the
mound may stay in the game in another defensive position.
NOTE: For the purpose of this rule, a player enters the game as a pitcher when she
has delivered her first pitch or in the case where a batting tee or pitching machine
or a coach/pitch situation comes into play, when a player assumes a position within
the eight foot (8’) RADIUS circle.
NOTE: Innings pitched by an illegal substitute pitcher shall count as innings pitched
for the illegal substitute pitcher.
EXAMPLE: Anne Adams pitches;
DIXIE ANGELS seven (7) innings, or
DIXIE PONYTAILS: eight (8) innings, or
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS: nine (9) innings on Tuesday then starts as pitcher
Wednesday. She is an illegal pitcher for the entire game on Wednesday, however,
if she is not noticed and protested before the game ends, it is a legal game and
no protest can be made of that game on the basis of Anne Adams being an illegal
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pitcher. At any time during the Wednesday game, upon proper protest, Anne Adams
could have been removed from the mound. If Anne Adams pitches on Thursday she
is continuing the violation and again subject to removal upon proper protest (The
innings pitched Wednesday still count).
3:06 — Coaches on the baselines may be:
(a) Eligible players, and
(b) Adult managers and coaches.
4:00 — PROTESTS
4:01 — PROTESTS SHALL NOT BE RECEIVED OR CONSIDERED IF THEY
ARE BASED ON A DECISION INVOLVING THE ACCURACY OF THE JUDGMENT ON THE PART OF AN UMPIRE.
Examples of protest which will not be considered are:
(a) Whether a batted ball was fair or foul.
(b) Whether a base runner was safe or out.
(c) Whether a pitched ball was a strike or a ball.
(d) Whether a pitch was legal or illegal.
(e) Whether a base runner did or did not touch a base.
(f) Whether a base runner left her base too soon on a caught fly ball.
(g) Whether a fly ball was or was not caught legally.
(h) Whether it was or was not an INFIELD FLY.
(i) Whether there was or was not an interference.
(j) Whether the field is fit to continue or resume play.
(k) Whether there is sufficient light to continue play.
(l) Any other matter involving only the accuracy of the umpire’s judgment.
4:02 — PROTESTS THAT SHALL BE RECEIVED AND CONSIDERED,
CONCERN MATTERS ONLY OF THE FOLLOWING TYPES:
(a) Misinterpretation or violation of a playing rule.
(b) Failure of an umpire to apply the correct rule to a given situation.
(c) Failure of an umpire to impose the correct penalty for a given situation.
(d) Use of an ineligible player.
4:03 — Only the team manager or the acting team manager shall be entitled to
file a protest. The notification of intent to protest must be made to the plate umpire
immediately before the next pitch. The plate umpire shall in turn notify the opposing
manager and official scorekeeper that the game is being played under protest. All
interested parties shall take notice of the conditions surrounding the making of the
decision that will aid in the correct determination of the issue. Failure of the Plate
Umpire to make the announcement of protest shall not affect the validity of the protest.
NOTE: A game shall not be considered as complete until the opposing manager
has an opportunity to make a protest on a game-ending play. Fifteen (15) minutes
shall be considered sufficient time for the fulfillment of this rule.
4:04 — A protest based on a play situation shall be considered only if it is filed
with the local League President within forty-eight (48) hours.
NOTE: Protests may involve both a matter of judgment and the interpretation of a rule.
EXAMPLE: With one out and the runners on second and third bases, the batter
flied out, the runner on third tagged up after the catch, the player on second did
not. The runner on third crossed the plate before the ball was played at second base
for the third out. The umpire did not allow the run to score. The questions as to
whether the runners left their bases before the catch and whether the play at second
base was made before the player on third crossed the plate are solely matters of
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judgment and can not be protested. The failure of the umpire to allow the run to
score was a misinterpretation of a playing rule and was a proper subject for protest.
4:05 — A protest on the grounds of ineligibility of a player shall be filed with the
local League President within forty-eight (48) hours after the completion of the game.
NOTE: Only the game or games protested shall be considered.
NOTE: An illegal substitution is one in violation of playing rules and includes
the improper use of a pitcher. Section (4:04) applies to illegal substitutions and
Section (4:05) to ineligibility of a player. For the purpose of this rule, an ineligible
player shall be a player who is not eligible to participate in the league because of
age, boundary requirements or other reasons and is not to be confused with illegal
substitutions.
EXAMPLE: Team A’s player plays the first four (4) games of the season. Team
B’s manager protests the last of these four games on the grounds of ineligibility.
The local governing body upholds the protest, but only for the game in question,
not for the first three (3) games, as each game must be protested within the fortyeight (48) hour limit.
4:06 All protests must be made to the League President in writing, within fortyeight (48) hours after completion of the game protested, and should contain the
following information:
(a) The date, time and place of the game.
(b) The names of the umpires and scorers.
(c) The rule and section of the Official Rules or local rules under which the
protest is made.
(d) The decision and conditions surrounding the making of the decision.
(e) All essential facts involved in the matter protested.
4:07 — The local league must act on any properly submitted protest within five
(5) days upon receiving such a protest. Both managers of the teams involved in the
protest shall be given a written reply of the judgment of the local protest committee.
If a league does not act on the protest within five (5) days the protesting manager
has the right to appeal the protest to the next level of authority.
(a) The decision made on a protested game MUST result in one of the following:
(1) The protest is found invalid and the game score stands as played.
(2) When a protest is allowed for misinterpretation of a playing rule, the game
is replayed from the point at which the incorrect decision was made with the decision corrected.
(3) When a protest for ineligibility is allowed, the game shall be forfeited to
the offended team.
(b) Appeal of a protest decision to the next level of authority MUST be made
verbally within twenty-four (24) hours and/or in writing, postmarked within forty-eight
(48) hours from the time of the decision.
(c) The District Director must act verbally on any appeal carried to him which
complies with Dixie Softball appeal procedures within seventy-two (72) hours upon
receipt of an appeal and he MUST follow up his decision in writing within forty-eight
(48) hours from the time of his decision.
(d) The State Director must act verbally on any appeal carried to him which
complies with Dixie Softball appeal procedures within five (5) days upon receipt
of an appeal and he MUST follow up his decision in writing within forty-eight
(48) hours from the time of his decision. Note on (b), (c) and (d): After an appeal
is made verbally, a written appeal must be sent to the next level of authority postmarked within forty-eight (48) hours after a decision has been made on the protest.
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(e) The Commissioner shall be the ultimate arbiter in any dispute or protest
concerning rules and regulations and must act verbally or in writing within five (5)
days upon receipt of an appeal that complies with Dixie Softball appeal procedures.
If the Commissioner’s decision is done verbally then he must follow up his verbal
decision in writing within forty-eight (48) hours of his decision.
Protests and appeals of protest decisions MUST follow the chain of command
before they will be ruled upon. The chain of command is: FIRST—the local league;
SECOND—the District Director; THIRD—the State Director; FOURTH and FINAL
is the National Commissioner. Any skip in this chain of command (where all steps
are present) will void the protest or the appeal of a protest decision.
5:00 — EIGHT FOOT RADIUS CIRCLE RULE
NOTE: REFER TO SPECIFIC RULES OF EACH DIVISION FOR CERTAIN
SPECIFIC RULES CONCERNING THE EIGHT-FOOT RADIUS CIRCLE RULE
AND ITS EFFECT TO EACH DIVISION.
5:01 — The eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle is:
(A) — The circle shall be measured from the center of the pitcher’s plate.
(B) — When a base runner is legitimately off her base after a pitch or the result
of a batter completing her turn at bat, while the pitcher has the ball in her possession
within the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle, the base runner must IMMEDIATELY
attempt to advance to the next base or IMMEDIATELY return to the base she last
occupied.
(C) — Failure to IMMEDIATELY proceed to the next base or return to her last
occupied base, once the pitcher has possession of the ball within the eight-foot (8’)
RADIUS circle, shall result in the base runner being declared “out”. NOTE: The
umpire should give the base runner benefit of the natural reactions and reflexes of
a human being.
(D) — Once the base runner returns to or proceeds to a base and leaves said
base for any reason unless a play is made on her or another base runner, the base
runner is OUT. If the pitcher throws the ball from the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle,
carries it from there, sets the ball on the ground or in her glove on the ground,
or hands or throws it to a player within the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle, it is
interpreted as MAKING A PLAY and base runners may leave the base at their own
risk provided time is not out.
(E) — When the base runner is not given sufficient time to return to a base,
she shall not be called out for being off base when the pitch is made to the batter.
She may advance as though she had left the base legally unless otherwise noted in
the specific playing rules of a particular age division in this rule guide.
NOTES ON THE ABOVE: The responsibility is now completely on the base
runner. There is NO obligation on the pitcher to LOOK, FAKE or THROW. A base
on balls or dropped third (3rd) strike in which the batter is entitled to run, is treated
the same as a batted ball. The batter/base runner may continue past first base and
is entitled to run toward second base, as long as she does not stop at first base. If
she stops AFTER she rounds first base she then must comply with Rule 5:01 (B).
If, after the pitcher has possession of the ball within the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS
circle, the base runner starts back to the last base she legally occupied or forward
to another base, and then stops or reverses her direction, she is OUT, unless the
pitcher makes a play on her or another base runner. If the pitcher makes a play on
the base runner, the base runner may stop or reverse her direction.
NOTE: Faking a throw constitutes making a play: unless otherwise noted in the
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specific playing rules of a particular age division in this rule guide.
If, after the pitcher has possession of the ball within the eight foot (8’) RADIUS
circle, the base runner just stands there and does not IMMEDIATELY attempt to
advance or return, she is OUT.
NOTE: “IMMEDIATELY” WILL BE IN THE JUDGMENT OF THE UMPIRES.
THERE WILL BE NO PROTEST ON HIS CALL.
6:00 — PITCHING REGULATIONS - (GENERAL)
NOTE: REFER TO SPECIFIC RULES OF EACH DIVISION FOR CERTAIN SPECIFIC RULES CONCERNING PITCHING AND ITS EFFECT TO EACH DIVISION.
6:01 — Before starting the delivery (pitch), the pitcher shall comply with the
following:.
(A) — SHE SHALL TAKE A POSITION WITH BOTH FEET IN CONTACT
WITH THE PITCHER’S PLATE. BOTH FEET MUST BE ON THE GROUND
WITHIN THE TWENTY-FOUR INCH (24”) LENGTH OF THE PITCHER’S
PLATE.
(B) — Preliminary to pitching, the pitcher must come to a full and complete
stop facing the batter with both shoulders in line with first and third base, and with
the ball held in both hands in front of the body.
.(C) — This position must be maintained at least one (1) second and not more
than ten (10) seconds before taking one hand off the ball to start the delivery. Both feet
must remain in contact with the pitching plate at all times prior to the forward step.
(D) — The pitcher shall not be considered in pitching position unless the catcher
is in position to receive the pitch.
(E) — The pitcher may not take the pitching position on or near the pitcher’s
plate without having the ball in her possession. NOTE: To indicate to the pitcher
that she may NOT start the pitch, the home plate umpire should raise one (1) hand
with the palm facing the pitcher. “NO PITCH” shall be declared if the pitcher
pitches while the umpire has his hand in said position.
6:02 — THE PITCH STARTS when one hand is taken off the ball or the pitcher
makes any motion that is part of her windup.
(A) — In the act of delivering the ball, the pitcher shall not take more than
one (1) step, which must be forward, toward the batter, and simultaneous with the
delivery of the ball to the batter. (“Toward the batter” is interpreted as being within
the twenty-four inch (24”) length of the pitcher’s plate.)
(B) — Pushing off with the pivot foot from a place other than the pitcher’s
plate is illegal.
(C) — The pivot foot may remain in contact or may push off and drag away
from the pitching plate prior to the front foot touching the ground, as long as the
pivot foot remains in contact with the ground.
NOTE: It is not a step if the pitcher slides her foot on the pitcher’s plate, provided
contact is maintained with the plate. Raising the foot off the pitching plate and
returning it to the plate creates a rocking motion and is an illegal act.
6:03 — A LEGAL DELIVERY SHALL BE A BALL WHICH IS DELIVERED
TO THE BATTER WITH AN UNDERHAND MOTION.
(A) — The release of the ball and the follow-through of the hand and wrist
must be forward past the straight line of the body.
(B) — The hand shall be below the hip, and the wrist not farther from the body
than the elbow.
(C) — The pitch is completed with a step toward the batter.
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(D) — The catcher must be within the lines of the catcher’s box when the pitch
is released.
(E) — The catcher shall return the ball directly to the pitcher after each pitch,
except after a strikeout or put-out made by the catcher.
(F) — The pitcher has ten (10) seconds to release the next pitch after receiving
the ball, or after the umpire indicates “play ball”.
EXCEPTION: 6:03 (E) does not apply with runners on base.
6:04 — THE PITCHER MAY USE ANY WIND-UP DESIRED, PROVIDED:
(A) — She does not make any motion to pitch without immediately delivering
the ball to the batter.
(B) — She does not use a rocker action in which, after having the ball in both
hands in pitching position, she removes one hand from the ball, takes a backward
and forward swing and returns the ball to both hands in front of the body.
(C) — She does not use a wind-up in which there is a stop or reversal of the
forward motion.
(D) — She does not make more than one revolution of the arm in the windmill
pitch. A pitcher may drop her arm to the side and to the rear before starting the
windmill motion.
(E) — She does not continue to wind-up after taking the forward step which
is simultaneous with the release of the ball.
6:05 — THE PITCHER SHALL NOT DELIBERATELY DROP, ROLL, OR
BOUNCE THE BALL WHILE IN PITCHING POSITION IN ORDER TO PREVENT
THE BATTER FROM STRIKING IT. .NOTE: All batters MUST be pitched to.
NOTE: The purpose of this rule is to prevent a farce being made of the game
of softball. If in the judgment of the plate umpire, the ball WAS thrown in such a
manner, the penalty will be: a ball called on the batter and all base runners shall
advance one (1) base.
.NOTE: In DIXIE DARLINGS if, in the judgement of the plate umpire, the
ball WAS thrown in such a manner, the penalty will be: a strike called on the batter.
NOTE: A batter can be given an intentional walk as long as the proper procedure is followed by the pitcher and catcher. If the pitcher desires to walk a batter
intentionally, she must pitch to the batter and all defensive players (except the
catcher who must be in the catcher’s box) must be positioned in fair territory. If
the defense does not position itself in fair territory, the umpire shall call an illegal
pitch when the pitch is thrown.
6:06 — THE PITCHER SHALL NOT AT ANY TIME DURING THE GAME
BE ALLOWED TO USE TAPE OR OTHER SUBSTANCE(S) UPON THE BALL,
THE PITCHING HAND OR FINGERS; NOR SHALL ANY OTHER PLAYER
APPLY ANY FOREIGN SUBSTANCE(S) TO THE BALL. Under the supervision
and control of the umpire, powdered resin may be used to dry the hands. The
pitcher shall not wear a sweatband, flesh colored bandage or similar type item on
the wrist, forearm or arm, that is visible on the pitching arm. A pitcher cannot wear
a jersey or undershirt that predominately blends with the color of the softball that
is used in Dixie Softball play. NOTE: PLAYER-PITCHERS ARE NOT SUBJECT
TO THE RULE COVERING APPAREL ON THE ARM.
NOTE: Any infraction of 6:01 through 6:06 is an illegal pitch. The ball is dead.
A ball is called on the batter. Base runners are entitled to advance one (1) base
without liability to be put out.
EXCEPTION: If the pitcher completes the delivery of the ball to the batter and
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the batter hits the ball and reaches first base safely and all base runners advance
at least one base then the play stands and the illegal pitch is nullified. A delayed
dead ball will be signaled by the umpire.
NOTE: An illegal pitch shall be called immediately when it becomes illegal. If
called by the plate umpire, it shall be called in a voice so that the catcher and the
batter will hear it. The plate umpire will also give the delayed dead ball signal. If
called by the base umpire, it shall be called so that the nearest fielder shall hear it.
The base umpire shall also give the delayed dead ball signal. Failure of the players
to hear the call shall not void the call.
6:07 — NO PITCH SHALL BE DECLARED WHEN:
(A) — The pitcher pitches during suspension of play.
(B) — The pitcher attempts a quick return of the ball before the batter has taken
position or is off balance as a result of a previous pitch.
(C) — A base runner is called out for leaving a base prior to the pitcher releasing
the pitch. NOTE: Refer to Specific Playing Rules of each division for application
of this rule.
(D) — The pitcher pitches before a base runner has retouched her base after a
foul ball has been declared and the ball is dead.
(E) — NO PLAYER, MANAGER, OR COACH SHALL CALL TIME, EMPLOY ANY OTHER WORD OR PHRASE, OR COMMIT ANY ACT WHILE THE
BALL IS ALIVE AND IN PLAY FOR THE OBVIOUS PURPOSE OF TRYING
TO MAKE THE PITCHER COMMIT AN ILLEGAL PITCH. NOTE: “No pitch”
shall be declared, and a warning issued to the offending team. A repeat of this type
act by any member of the team warned shall result in the offender being removed
from the game.
(F) — IF THE BALL SLIPS FROM THE PITCHER’S HAND DURING HER
WIND-UP OR DURING THE BACKSWING. THE BALL WILL BE IN PLAY
AND THE RUNNERS MAY ADVANCE AT THEIR OWN RISK.
6:08 — THE PITCHER SHALL NOT THROW TO A BASE DURING A LIVE
BALL WHILE HER FOOT IS IN CONTACT WITH THE PITCHER’S PLATE
AFTER SHE HAS TAKEN THE PITCHING POSITION.
NOTE: This is an illegal pitch, the ball is dead, a ball is called on the batter
and all runners advance one base. If the throw from the pitcher’s plate is during
an appeal play, the appeal is cancelled.
NOTE: The pitcher can remove herself from the pitching position by stepping backwards off the pitcher’s plate. Stepping forward or sideways constitutes an illegal pitch.
NOTE: In the DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS divisions there is NOT to
be an illegal pitch called. It should be noted to both the offensive and defensive
managers what was done wrong so that it can be corrected. If a pitcher, after consultation with both managers, continues to make illegal pitches, as judged by the
umpire, she shall be removed from the mound if she cannot correct the reason for
the pitch being judged an illegal pitch.
6:09 —AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH INNING OR WHEN A PITCHER
RELIEVES ANOTHER, NO MORE THAN ONE (1) MINUTE MAY BE USED
TO DELIVER NO MORE THAN FIVE (5) BALLS TO THE CATCHER OR
OTHER TEAMMATE OR COACH.
NOTE: If the new pitcher has not had the benefit of sideline warm-up she may
have two (2) minutes to deliver no more than ten (10) balls to the catcher or other
teammate. Play shall be suspended during this time. For excessive warm-up pitches
a pitcher shall be penalized by awarding a ball to the batter for each pitch in excess
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of what she is allowed.
NOTE: The pitcher shall be charged only for the innings pitched. If a pitcher does
not have to pitch the bottom half of an inning she is NOT charged for that inning.
NOTE: A pitcher shall be charged with an inning pitched for any part of an
inning in which she pitches, including a single pitch.
7:00 — BATTING — GENERAL
NOTE: REFER TO SPECIFIC RULES OF EACH DIVISION FOR CERTAIN SPECIFIC RULES CONCERNING BATTING AND ITS EFFECT TO EACH DIVISION.
7:01 — THE BATTER SHALL TAKE HER POSITION WITHIN THE LINES
OF THE BATTER’S BOX.
(A) — The batter shall not have her entire foot touching the ground completely
outside of the lines of the batter’s box or touching home plate when the ball is hit,
foul or fair.
(B) — The batter shall not step directly across in front of the catcher to the
other batter’s box while the pitcher is in position ready to pitch.
(C) — The batter shall not hit the ball with an illegal bat.
EFFECT: 7:01 (A-C) — The ball is dead. The batter is out, base runners may
NOT advance.
(D) — The batter shall not enter the batter’s box with an altered bat.
EFFECT: 7:01 (D) — The ball is dead, the batter is out and without warning, the batter
is removed from further participation in the game, and base runners may not advance.
(E) — The batter must take her position within one (1) minute after the umpire
has called “Play ball.”
EFFECT: 7:01 (E) — The ball is dead. The batter is out.
7:02 — EACH PLAYER OF THE SIDE AT BAT SHALL BECOME A BATTER
IN THE ORDER IN WHICH HER NAME APPEARS ON THE SCORE SHEET.
(A) — The batting order of each team must be on the scoresheet and must
be delivered before the game by the manager to the official scorekeeper. He shall
submit it to the inspection of the manager of the opposing team.
(B) — The batting order delivered to the official scorekeeper must be followed
throughout the game unless a player has been removed for any reason.
(C) — The first (1st) batter in each inning shall be the batter whose name follows that of the last player who completed a turn at bat in the preceding inning.
EFFECT: 7:02 (B-C) — Batting out of order is an appeal play which may be
made by the defensive team only and while the ball is dead.
(1)  If the error is discovered while the incorrect batter is at bat, correct batter
may take her place, assume any balls and strikes, and any runs scored or bases run
while the incorrect batter was at bat shall be legal.
(2)  If the error is discovered after the incorrect batter has completed her turn at bat
and before there has been a pitch to another batter, the player who should have batted
is out. Any advance or score made because of a ball batted by the improper batter
or because of the improper batter’s advance to first base on a hit, an error, a base
on balls, or a hit batter shall be nullified. The next batter is the player whose name
follows that of the player called out for failing to bat. If the batter declared out under
the circumstances is the third out, the correct batter in the next inning shall be the
player who would have to come to bat had the players been put out by ordinary play.
(3) If the error is discovered after the first pitch to the next batter, the turn at bat
of the incorrect batter is legal, all runs scored and bases run are legal, and the next
batter in order shall be the one whose name follows that of the incorrect batter. No
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one is called out for failure to bat. Players who have not batted and who have not
been called out have lost their turn at bat until reached again in the regular order.
(4 ) No base runner shall be removed from the base she is occupying to bat in
her proper place. She merely misses her turn at bat with no penalty. The batter
following her in the batting order becomes the legal batter.
(D) — When the third (3rd) out in an inning is made before the batter has
completed her turn at bat, she shall be the first batter in the next inning, and the
ball and strike count on her shall be cancelled.
7:03 — THE BATTER SHALL NOT HINDER THE CATCHER FROM FIELDING OR THROWING THE BALL BY STEPPING OUT OF THE BATTER’S BOX
OR INTENTIONALLY HINDER THE CATCHER WHILE STANDING WITHIN
THE BATTER’S BOX.
EFFECT: 7:03 — The ball is dead and base runners must return to the last base
that in the judgment of the umpire was touched at the time of the interference.
(1) The batter is out except if a base runner attempting to steal is put out, the
batter is not also out.
(2) With less than two (2) outs and a runner on third (3rd) base and the batter
interferes with a play being made at home plate, the batter is not out because the
runner is out.
NOTE: If, in the judgment of the Home Plate umpire, a batter “wiggles” her bat
or in any way intentionally tries to distract the pitcher and/or catcher, a “strike”
will be called on the batter and all base runners must return to their last legally
occupied base. NOTE: This is a “dead ball” call.
7:04 — MEMBERS OF THE TEAM AT BAT SHALL NOT INTERFERE WITH
A PLAYER ATTEMPTING TO FIELD A FOUL FLY BALL.
EFFECT: 7:04 — The ball is dead and the batter is out, and base runners must
return to the base legally held at the time of the pitch.
7:05 — THE BATTER SHALL NOT HIT A FAIR BALL WITH THE BAT A
SECOND TIME IN FAIR TERRITORY.
NOTE: If the batter drops the bat and the ball rolls against the bat in fair territory
and, in the umpire’s judgment, there was no intention to interfere with the course
of the ball, the batter is not out and the ball is alive and in play.
EFFECT: 7:05 — The ball is dead, the batter is out, and base runners may not advance.
7:06 — If a batter slings her bat she will be declared “Out.”
NOTE: No warning is to be given.
NOTE: Umpires should consider the velocity of the slung bat, the vicinity of
where the bat landed and the age of the player before making this call.
NOTE: This is a “dead ball” call.
NOTE: DSI recommends that umpires warn all players about slinging bats and
the consequence of slinging a bat before each game starts.
7:07 — A STRIKE IS CALLED BY THE UMPIRE:
(A) — For each legally pitched ball entering the strike zone before touching
the ground and at which the batter does not swing.
(B) — For each legally pitched ball struck at and missed by the batter.
(C) — For each foul tip held by the catcher.
(D) — For each foul ball not legally caught on the fly when the batter has less
than two strikes.
(E) — For each pitched ball struck at and missed which touches any part of the
batter.
(F) — When any part of the batter’s person is hit with her own batted ball
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when she is in the batter’s box and she has less than two strikes.
(G) — When a delivered ball by the pitcher hits the batter while the ball is in
the strike zone.
EFFECT: 7:07 (D-G) The ball is dead, and each base runner must return to her
base without liability to be put out.
7:08 — A BALL IS CALLED BY THE UMPIRE:
(A) — For each legally pitched ball which does not enter the strike zone or
touches the ground before reaching home plate, or touches home plate and the
batter does not swing.
EFFECT: The ball is in play, and base runners are entitled to advance with liability to be put out.
(B) — For each illegally pitched ball not swung at.
EFFECT: The ball is dead and runners are entitled to advance one (1) base
without liability to be put out.
(C) — When the catcher fails to return the ball directly to the pitcher, as required
in rule 6:03(E).
(D) — For each excessive warm-up pitch.
EFFECT: 7:08 (C-D) The ball is dead. Base runners may not advance.
7:09 — A FAIR BALL IS A LEGALLY BATTED BALL WHICH:
(A) — Settles or is touched on or over fair ground between home and first base
or between home and third base.
(B) — Bounds or rolls past first or third base on fair ground.
(C) — Touches first, second, or third base.
(D) — While on or over fair ground, touches the person, attached equipment,
or clothing of an umpire or player.
(E) — First falls or is touched on or over fair ground beyond first, second or third base.
NOTE: A fair fly must be judged according to the relative position of the ball
and the foul line regardless of whether the fielder is on fair or foul ground at the
time she touches the ball.
EFFECT: 7:09(A-E) — The ball is in play and base runners are entitled to advance any number of bases with liability to be put out. The batter becomes a base
runner unless the INFIELD FLY rule applies.
(F) — Hits a foul line pole on the fly. If the ball hits the pole above the fence
level, it shall be a home run.
7:10 — A FOUL BALL IS A LEGALLY BATTED BALL WHICH:
(A) — Settles or is touched on foul ground between home and first base or
between home and third base.
(B) — Bounds or rolls past first or third base on or over foul ground.
(C) — First falls or is first touched on or over foul ground beyond first or third base.
(D) — While on or over foul ground touches the person or clothing of an umpire,
player, or is blocked.
EFFECT: 7:10(A-D) — (1) The ball is dead unless it is a legally caught foul fly.
If a foul fly is caught the batter is out. (2) A strike is called on the batter unless
she already has two strikes. (3) Base runners must return to their bases without
liability to be put out unless a foul fly is caught. In this case, the base runner may
advance with liability to be put out after the ball has been touched.
7:11 — A FOUL TIP IS A BATTED BALL WHICH GOES DIRECTLY FROM
THE BAT, NOT HIGHER THAN THE BATTER’S HEAD, TO THE CATCHER’S
HANDS AND IS LEGALLY CAUGHT BY THE CATCHER.
NOTE: It is not a foul tip unless caught and any foul tip that is caught is a
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strike. The ball is in play.
EFFECT: 7:11 — A strike is called, the ball remains in play.
7:12 — THE BATTER IS OUT UNDER THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES:
(A) — When the third strike is struck at and missed and touches any part of
the batter’s person.
(B) — When a batter appears in the batter’s box with or is discovered using
an altered bat.
(C) — When a fly ball is legally caught.
(D) — Immediately when she hits an INFIELD FLY with base runners on first
and second or on first, second and third base with less than two (2) out. This is
called the INFIELD FLY RULE.
EXCEPTION: 7:12 (D) does not apply to the DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS.
(E) — Batter is out if fielder intentionally drops a fair fly or line drive with
first, first and second, first and third, or first, second, and third occupied before two
are out. Runners need not retouch and may advance at their own risk.
NOTE: A trapped ball shall not be considered as having been intentionally dropped.
(F) — The batter/base runner is out if a preceding runner shall, in the umpire’s
judgment, intentionally interfere with a fielder who is attempting to catch a thrown
ball or to throw a ball in an attempt to complete the play. The runner shall also be
called out and interference called.
(G) — When the third strike is caught by the catcher.
(H) — When she bunts foul after the second strike.
7:13 —THE BATTER IS NOT OUT IF A FIELDER MAKING A PLAY ON
HER USES AN ILLEGAL GLOVE
The manager of the offended team has the option of having the batter bat over
and assuming the ball and strike count she had prior to the pitch she hit; or taking
the result of the play.
7:14 — On-Deck Batter
(A) — The on-deck batter is the offensive player whose name follows the name
of the batter in the batting order.
NOTE: A team is not required to have an on-deck batter unless the home plate
umpire deems that the game will better be served by having an on-deck batter, then
teams must have an on-deck batter.
(B) — The on-deck batter shall take a position within the lines of the on-deck
circle.
NOTE: Refer to Rule 2:10, for application of this rule.
(C) — The on-deck batter may leave the on-deck circle:
(1) When she becomes the batter.
(2) To direct base runners advancing from third to home plate.
(D) — When the on-deck batter interferes with the defensive player’s opportunity to make a play on a runner, the runner closest to home plate at the time of
the interference shall be declared out.
(E) — The provision of 7:04 shall apply to the on-deck batter.
8:00 — BASE RUNNING — GENERAL
NOTE: REFER TO SPECIFIC RULES OF EACH DIVISION FOR CERTAIN
SPECIFIC RULES CONCERNING BASERUNNING AND ITS EFFECT TO
EACH DIVISION.
8:01 — THE Base runnerS MUST TOUCH BASES IN LEGAL ORDER,
I.E., FIRST, SECOND, THIRD AND HOME PLATE.
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(A) — When a base runner must return while the ball is in play, she must touch
the bases in reverse order.
EFFECT: 8:01 (A) — The ball is in play and base runners must return with
liability to be put out.
(B) — When a base runner acquires the right to a base by touching it before
being put out she is entitled to hold the base until she has legally touched the next
base in order or is forced to vacate it for a succeeding base runner.
(C) — When a base runner dislodges a base from its proper position neither
she nor succeeding runners in the same series of plays are compelled to follow a
base unreasonably out of position.
EFFECT: 8:01 (B-C) The ball is in play and base runners may advance with
liability to be put out.
(D) — A base runner shall not run bases in reverse order either to confuse the
fielders or to make a farce of the game.
EFFECT: 8:01 (D) — The ball is dead and the base runner is out.
(E) — Two base runners may not occupy the same base simultaneously.
EFFECT: 8:01 (E) — The runner who first legally occupied the base shall be
entitled to it; the other base runner may be put out by being touched with the ball.
(F) — Failure of a preceding runner to touch a base or to leave a base legally
on a caught fly ball and who is declared out does not affect the status of a succeeding base runner who touches bases in proper order. However, if the failure to
touch a base in regular order or to leave a base legally on a caught fly ball, is the
third out of the inning no succeeding runner may score a run.
(G) — No runner may return to touch a missed base or one she had left illegally,
after a following runner has scored.
(H) — After the ball becomes dead, no runner may return to touch a missed
base or one she has left after she has advanced to and touched a base beyond the
missed base or one she has left illegally, even after the ball becomes alive.
(I) — No runner may return to touch a missed base or one she had left illegally,
once she enters her team area.
(J) — When a walk is issued, all runners must touch all bases in legal order.
8:02 — THE BATTER BECOMES A Base runner.
(A) — As soon as she hits a fair ball.
EFFECT: 8:02 (A) — The ball is in play and the batter becomes a base runner
with liability to be put out.
(B) — When a fair ball strikes the person or clothing of an umpire on foul ground.
EFFECT: 8:02 (B) — The ball is in play and the batter becomes a base runner
with liability to be put out.
(C) — When four balls have been called by the umpire.
EFFECT: 8:02 (C) — The ball is in play unless it has been blocked. The batter
is entitled to one base without liability to be put out.
(D) — When the catcher or any other fielder interferes with or prevents her
from striking at a pitched ball.
EFFECT: 8:02 (D) — The ball is dead and not in play and the batter is entitled
to one base without liability to be put out unless the batter reaches first base safely
and all other runners have advanced at least one base, then play continues without
reference to the interference.
(E) — When a fair ball strikes the person or clothing of the umpire or a base
runner on fair ground.
EFFECT: 8:02 (E) — (1) If the ball hits the umpire or base runner after passing
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a fielder other than the pitcher or touched by infielder including the pitcher the ball
is in play. (2) If the ball hits the umpire or base runner before passing a fielder, the
ball is dead and the batter is entitled to first base without liability to be put out.
(F) — When a pitched ball not struck at touches any part of the batter’s person or
clothing while she is in the batter’s box. It does not matter if the ball strikes the ground
before hitting her. The batter’s hands are not to be considered as part of the bat.
EFFECT: 8:02 (F) — The ball is dead and the batter is entitled to one base
without liability to be put out unless she made no effort to avoid being hit. In this
case, the plate umpire calls either a ball or a strike.
8:03 — Base runnerS ARE ENTITLED TO ADVANCE WITH LIABILITY
TO BE PUT OUT UNDER THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES:
(A) — When the ball is overthrown into fair or foul territory and is not blocked.
(B) — When the ball is batted into fair territory and is not blocked.
(C) — A legally caught fly ball is first touched.
(D) — If a fair ball strikes the umpire or a base runner after having passed an
infielder, other than the pitcher or having been touched by an infielder including
the pitcher, the ball shall be considered in play. Also, if a fair ball strikes an umpire
on foul ground, the ball shall be in play.
EFFECT: 8:03 (A-D) — The ball is alive and in play.
8:04 — A PLAYER FORFEITS HER EXEMPTION FROM LIABILITY TO
GET PUT OUT.
(A) — If while the ball is in play she fails to touch the base to which she was
entitled before attempting to make the next base. If the runner put out is batter/
base runner at first base or any other base runner forced to advance because the
batter became a base runner, this out is a force-out.
(B) — If after overrunning first base, the batter/base runner attempts to continue
to second base.
(C) — If after dislodging the base, the batter/base runner tries to continue to
the next base.
8:05 —Base runnerS ARE ENTITLED TO ADVANCE WITHOUT LIABILITY TO BE PUT OUT.
(A) — When forced to vacate a base because the batter was awarded a base on
balls.
EFFECT: 8:05 (A) — The ball remains in play unless it is blocked. Base runner affected is entitled to one base and may advance further at her own risk if the ball is in play.
NOTE: In the DIXIE DARLINGS and ANGELS divisions the batter that receives
a base on balls must stop at first base. All other base runners may advance only
if they are forced to do so.
(B) — When a fielder obstructs the base runner from making a base unless the
fielder is trying to field a batted ball or has the ball ready to touch the base runner.
EFFECT: 8:05 (B) — When obstruction occurs, the umpire shall call and signal
“Obstruction”.
1. If a play is being made on the obstructed runner, or if the batter/base runner
is obstructed before she touches first base, the ball is dead and all runners shall
advance, without liability to be put out, to the bases they would have reached, in
the umpire’s judgment, if there had been no obstruction. The obstructed runner
shall be awarded at least one base beyond the base she had last legally touched
before the obstruction. Any preceding runners, forced to advance by the award of
bases as the penalty for obstruction, shall advance without liability to be put out.
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2. If no play is being made on the obstructed runner, the play shall proceed until
no further action is possible. The umpire shall then call “Time” and impose such
penalties, if any, as in his judgment will nullify the act of obstruction.
(C) — When a wild pitch or passed ball goes under, over, through or lodges in
the backstop.
EFFECT: 8:05 (C) — The ball is dead. All base runners are awarded one base
only. The batter is awarded first base only, on the fourth ball.
NOTE: 8:05 (C) does not apply to the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS and
ANGELS divisions.
(D) — For being hit by a pitched ball.
(E) — For being interfered with by the catcher when striking at a pitched ball.
(F) — If, with a runner on third base and trying to score by means of a squeeze
play or a steal, the catcher or any other fielder steps on, or in front of home plate
without possession of the ball, or touches the batter or her bat, the pitcher shall be
charged with an illegal pitch, the batter shall be awarded first base on the interference and the ball is dead.
EFFECT: 8:05 (D-F) — The ball is dead and base runners may not advance
farther than the base to which they are entitled.
(G) — When a pitcher makes an illegal pitch.
EFFECT: 8:05 (G) — The ball is dead and base runners may advance to the
base to which they are entitled without liability to be put out.
(H) — When a fielder contacts or catches a fair batted or thrown ball with her
cap, mask, glove or any part of uniform while it is detached from its proper place
on her person.
EFFECT: 8:05 (H) — The base runners shall be entitled to three (3) bases if a
batted ball, or two (2) bases, if a thrown ball, and in either case the base runners
may advance further at their own risk. If the illegal catch or touch is made on a
fair hit ball, which in the opinion of the umpire, would have cleared the outfield
fence in flight, the batter shall be awarded a home run.
(I) — When the ball is in play and is overthrown into foul territory and is blocked.
EFFECT: 8:05 (I) — In all cases where a thrown ball goes into a stand for spectators or over, through or under any fence surrounding the playing field, or hits any
person or object not engaged in the game, or into the players’ benches (including
bats lying near such benches), whether the ball rebounds into the playing field or
not, or remains in the meshes of any wire screen protecting the spectators, each and
every base runner shall be entitled to two (2) bases. When a first throw is made
by an infielder, the umpire awarding such bases shall be governed by the position
of each runner at the time the ball was delivered by the pitcher; when the throw
is made by an outfielder or is the result of any succeeding play or attempted play,
the award shall be governed by the position of each runner and the last base she
has touched at the time the final throw was made. When a fielder loses possession
of the ball such as on an attempted tag, and the ball then enters a dead ball area
or becomes blocked, all runners are awarded one base from the last base touched
at the time the ball entered the dead ball area or became blocked.
NOTE: If all runners, including the batter/base runner have advanced at least one
(1) base when an infielder makes a wild throw on the first play after the pitch, the
award shall be governed by the position of the runners when the wild throw was made.
(J) — When a legally caught ball in playable territory is carried by the fielder
unintentionally into unplayable territory, the ball is dead, the batter is out, and all
runners advance one base beyond the base they occupied at the time of the pitch.
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If judged to be intentional by the fielder, the ball remains alive and all runners
advance at their own risk. The umpire has the power to award the number of bases
in his judgment, he feels the runners would have advanced.
8:06 — A Base runner MUST RETURN TO HER BASE UNDER THE
FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES:
(A) — When a foul ball is illegally caught and is so declared by the umpire.
(B) — When an illegally batted ball is declared by the umpire.
(C) — When a batter or base runner is called out for interference. Other base
runners shall return to the last base which was in the judgment of the umpire legally
touched by her at the time of the interference.
(D) — When there is interference by the plate umpire or his clothing with the
catcher’s attempt to throw.
(E) — When any part of the batter’s person is touched by a pitched ball swung
at and missed.
(F) — When a batter is hit by a pitched ball unless forced.
(G) — When a foul ball is not caught.
EFFECT: 8:06 (A-G) — (1) The ball is dead. (2) The base runners must return
to base without liability to be put out except when forced to go to the next base
because the batter became a base runner. (3) No runs shall score unless all bases are
occupied. (4) Base runners need not touch the intervening bases in returning to base
but must return promptly. (5) However, they must be allowed sufficient time to return.
8:07 — BATTER/Base runnerS ARE OUT UNDER THE FOLLOWING
CIRCUMSTANCES:
(A) — When after a fair ball is hit, she is legally touched with the ball before
she touches first base.
(B) — When after a fair ball, the ball is held by a fielder touching first base
with any part of her person before the batter/base runner touches first base.
(C) — When after a fly ball, the ball is caught by a fielder before it touches
the ground or any object other than a fielder.
(D) — When after a fair ball is hit or a base on balls is issued, she fails to run
to first base and enters her team area.
EFFECT: 8:07 (A-D) — The ball is in play and the batter/base runner is out.
(E) — When she runs outside the three foot (3’) line and in the opinion of the
umpire interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base. However she may
run outside the three foot (3’) line to avoid a fielder attempting to field a batted
ball.
(F) — When she interferes with a fielder attempting to field a batted ball or
intentionally interferes with a thrown ball. If this interference, in the judgment of
the umpire, is an obvious attempt to prevent a double play, the base runner closest
to home plate shall also be called out.
(G) — When a batter/base runner interferes with a play at home plate in an
attempt to prevent an obvious out at the plate. The runner is also out.
EFFECT: 8:07 (E-G) — The ball is dead and the batter/base runner is out.
8:08 — THE Base runner IS OUT:
(A) — When in running to any base, she runs more than three feet (3’) from
a direct line between a base and the next one in regular or reverse order to avoid
being touched by the ball in the hand of a fielder.
(B) — When, while the ball is in play, she is legally touched with the ball in
the hand of a fielder while not in contact with a base.
(C) — When on a force-out a fielder tags her with the ball or holds the ball on the
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base to which the base runner is forced to advance before the base runner reaches the
base.
(D) — When the base runner fails to return to touch the base when play is
resumed after suspension of play.
(E) — When a base runner physically passes a preceding base runner before
that base runner has been put out.
EFFECT: 8:08 (A-E) — The ball is in play and the base runner is out.
(F) — When the base runner leaves her base to advance to another base before
a caught fly ball has touched a fielder, provided the ball is returned to a fielder and
legally held on that base or a fielder legally touches the base runner before the base
runner returns to her base.
(G) — When the base runner fails to touch the intervening base or bases in
regular or reverse order and the ball is in play and legally held on that base, or
the base runner is legally touched while off base she missed.
(H) — When the batter/base runner legally overruns first base, attempts to run
to second base before returning to first and is legally touched while off base.
(I) — In running or sliding for home plate, she fails to touch home plate and
makes no attempt to return to the plate, when a fielder holds the ball in her hand,
while touching home plate, and appeals to the umpire for the decision.
EFFECT: 8:08 (F-I) — (1) These are appeal plays and the defensive team loses
the privilege of putting the base runner out if the appeal is not made before the next
pitch, legal or illegal. (2) The ball is in play and the base runner is out. Note: On
appeal plays, the appeal must be made before the next pitch, legal or illegal, or before
the defensive team has left the field. The defensive team has “left the field” when
the pitcher and all infielders have clearly left their normal fielding positions, and fair
territory, on their way to the bench or dugout area. (3) Base runners may leave their
base on appeal plays when the ball leaves the eight foot (8’) RADIUS circle around
the pitcher’s plate or when the ball leaves the pitcher’s possession.
(J) — When the base runner interferes with a fielder attempting to field a batted
ball or intentionally interferes with a thrown ball. If this interference, in the judgment of the umpire, is an obvious attempt to prevent a double play, the immediate
succeeding runner shall also be called out.
(K) — When a base runner is struck with a fair ball while off base and before
it touches or passes a fielder.
(L) — When a runner intentionally kicks a ball which an infielder has missed.
(M) — When with a base runner on third base, the batter interferes with a play
being made at home plate with less than two (2) outs.
(N) — When in the judgment of the umpire, the base coach at third base or
first base touches or holds the runner physically to assist this runner in returning
to or leaving third or first base. The runner is not out if a play is not being made
on her.
(O) — When the coach near third base runs in the direction of home plate on
or near the baseline while a fielder is attempting to make a play on a batted or
thrown ball and thereby draws a throw to home plate. The base runner nearest to
third base shall be declared out.
(P) — When one or more members of the offensive team stand or collect at or
around a base to which a base runner is advancing thereby confusing the fielders
and adding to the difficulty of making the play.
NOTE: 8:08 (P) — Members of a team includes player/bat girl or any other
person authorized to sit on team’s bench.
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(Q) — When the base runner runs the bases in reverse order, to confuse the
defensive team or to make a farce out of the game. This includes the batter/base
runner moving back toward home plate to avoid or delay a tag by a fielder.
(R) — If coach intentionally interferes with thrown ball.
(S) — When a runner, after being declared out, interferes with a defensive
player’s opportunity to make a play on another runner, the runner closest to home
plate, at the time of the interference, shall be declared out.
EFFECT: 8:08 (J-S) — The ball is dead and the base runner is out. No bases
may be run unless necessitated by the batter becoming a base runner.
(T) — Any base runner is out when she does not slide or attempt to get around
a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag on her.
(U) — A player shall NOT be allowed to slide headfirst with the exception
of pick-off and run down situations. NOTE: Upon the first offense of this rule by
either team, the player shall be declared “OUT.” Any additional headfirst slides
shall result in the player(s) being declared “OUT” and the manager or coach being
removed from the game. This rule applies to both local league and tournament play.
EXCEPTION: This rule does not apply to a base runner diving back to a base she
previously occupied during a rundown or a pick-off attempt.
EFFECT: 8:08 (T-U) — The ball is dead and all other base runners take bases
they had reached in the umpire’s judgment, when the violation occurred. A base
runner may not have exactly reached a base but in the umpire’s judgment would
have reached the base were it not for the violation.
8:09 —Base runnerS ARE NOT OUT UNDER THE FOLLOWING
CIRCUMSTANCES:
(A) — When a base runner runs behind the fielder and outside the baseline in
order to avoid interfering with a fielder attempting to field the ball in the base path.
(B) — When a base runner does not run in a direct line to the base providing
the fielder in the direct line does not have the ball in her possession.
(C) — When more than one fielder attempts to field a batted ball and the base
runner comes in contact with the one who, in the umpire’s judgment, was not
entitled to field the ball.
(D) — When a base runner is hit with a fair ball that has passed through an
infielder, excluding the pitcher, and in the umpire’s judgment no other infielder had
a chance to play the ball.
(E) — When a base runner is touched with a ball not securely held by a fielder.
(F) — When the defensive team does not request the umpire’s decision on an
appeal play until after the next pitch.
(G) — When the batter/base runner overruns first base after touching it and
returns directly to the base.
(H) — When the base runner is not given sufficient time to return to a base she
shall not be called out for being off base before the pitcher releases the ball. She
may advance as though she had left the base legally.
(I) — A runner who has legally started to advance cannot be stopped by the
pitcher receiving the ball while on the pitching plate nor by stepping on the plate
with the ball in her possession.
(J) — When a base runner holds her base until a fly ball touches a fielder and
then attempts to advance.
(K) — When hit by a batted ball when touching their base, unless they intentionally interfere with the ball or a fielder making a play.
(L) — When a base runner slides into a base and dislodges it from its proper
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position, the base is considered to have followed the runner.
EFFECT: 8:09 (L) — A base runner having made such a base safely shall not
be out for being off that base. She may return to that base without liability to be
put out when the base has been replaced. A runner forfeits this exemption if she
attempts to advance beyond the dislodged base before it is again in proper position.
(M) — When a fielder makes a play on a runner while using an illegal glove.
The manager of the offended team has the option of having the entire play, including
the batter’s turn at bat, nullified, with the batter batting over, assuming the ball and
strike count she had before she hit the ball and runners returned to their original
bases which they held prior to the batted ball or taking the result of the play.
(N) — When the base runner is hit by a fair batted ball, after it is touched or
touches any fielder, including the pitcher.
9:00 — DEAD BALL
9:01 — THE BALL IS DEAD AND NOT IN PLAY IN THE FOLLOWING
CIRCUMSTANCES:
(A) — When the ball is batted illegally.
(B) — When the batter steps from one box to another when the pitcher is ready
to pitch.
(C) — When a ball is pitched illegally.
EXCEPTION: 9:01 (C) — If the pitcher completes the delivery of the ball to the
batter and the batter hits the ball and she reaches first base safely and all base runners advance at least one base then the play stands and the pitch is no longer illegal.
(D) — When “no pitch” is declared.
(E) — When a pitched ball touches any part of the batter’s person or clothing
whether the ball is struck at or not.
(F) — When a foul ball is not caught.
(G) — When a base runner is called out for leaving the base too soon on a
pitched ball.
(H) — When the offensive team causes an interference.
(1) When a batter intentionally strikes the ball a second time, strikes it with a
thrown bat, or deflects its course in any way while running to first base.
(2) When an overthrow is intentionally touched by a coach.
(3) When a fair ball strikes a base runner or umpire before touching an infielder
including the pitcher or before passing an infielder other than the pitcher.
(4) When the batter interferes with the catcher.
(5) When a member of the offensive team interferes intentionally with a live ball.
(6) When a runner intentionally kicks a ball which a fielder has missed.
(7) When with a base runner on third base, the batter interferes with the play
being made at home plate with less than two (2) outs.
(I) — The ball shall not be playable outside the established limits of the playing field.
(J) — If an accident to a runner is such as to prevent her from proceeding to a base
to which she is awarded, a substitute runner shall be permitted for the injured player.
(K) — In case of interference with batter or fielder.
(L) — When a wild pitch or passed ball goes under, over or through the backstop.
NOTE: Refer to section 8:05 (C) for effect of this rule.
(M) — When time is called by the umpire.
(N) — When any part of the batter’s person is hit with her own batted ball when
she is in the batter’s box.
(O) — When a base runner runs bases in reverse order either to confuse the
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fielders or to make a farce of the game.
(P) — When the batter is hit by a pitched ball.
(Q) — When in the judgment of the umpire, the coach touches or helps the
runner physically to assist her to return or to leave a base or when a coach near
third base runs in the direction of home plate on or near the baseline while the
fielder is attempting to make a play on a batted or thrown ball and thereby draws
a throw to home plate.
(R) — When there is interference by the plate umpire or his clothing with the
catcher’s attempt to throw.
(S) — When one or more members of the offensive team stand or collect at or
around a base to which a base runner is advancing, thereby confusing the fielders
and adding to the difficulty of making a play.
(T) — When a play is being made on an obstructed runner or if the batter/base
runner is obstructed before she touches first base.
(U) — When the catcher interferes with the batter’s attempt to hit a pitch.
EXCEPTION: 9:01 (U) — The ball remains alive if the batter reaches first base
safely and all other runners have advanced at least one base.
(V) — When a blocked ball is declared.
(W) — When a batter enters the batter’s box with or uses an altered bat.
(X) — When a batter hits a ball with an illegal bat.
EFFECT: 9:01 (A-K & M-X) — Base runners cannot advance on a dead ball,
unless forced to do so by reason of the batter having reached first base as entitled
to or they are awarded a base or bases.
10:00 — BALL IN PLAY
10:01 — THE BALL IS IN PLAY IN THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES:
(A) — At the start of the game and each half inning when the pitcher has the
ball while standing in her pitching position and the plate umpire has called “play
ball”.
(B) — When the ball becomes dead, it shall be put in play when the pitcher is
within eight feet (8’) of the pitcher’s plate with the ball and the plate umpire calls
“play ball”.
(C) — When the INFIELD FLY RULE is enforced.
(D) — When a thrown ball goes past a fielder and remains in fair territory.
(E) — When a fair ball strikes an umpire or base runner on fair ground after
passing or touching an infielder.
(F) — When a fair ball strikes an umpire on foul ground.
(G) — When the base runners have reached the bases to which they are entitled
when the fielder illegally fields a batted or thrown ball.
(H) — When a base runner is called out for passing a preceding runner.
(I) — When no play is being made on an obstructed runner, the ball shall
remain alive until the play is over.
(J) — When a fair ball is legally batted.
(K) — When a base runner must return in reverse order while the ball is in
play.
(L) — When a base runner acquires the right to a base by touching it before
being put out.
(M) — When a base is dislodged while base runners are progressing around the
bases.
(N) — When a base runner runs more than three feet (3’) from a direct line
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between a base and the next one in regular or reverse order to avoid being touched
by the ball in the hands of a fielder.
(O) — When a base runner is tagged or forced out.
(P) — When the umpire calls the base runner out for failure to return to touch
the base when play is resumed after a suspension of play.
(Q) — When an appeal play is enforced and involved.
(R) — When the batter hits the ball.
(S) — When a live ball strikes a photographer, groundskeeper, policeman, etc.,
assigned to the game.
(T) — When a fly ball has been legally caught.
(U) — When a thrown ball goes into foul territory and is neither blocked nor
obstructed.
(V) — When a thrown ball strikes an offensive player.
(W) — If the batter drops the bat and the ball rolls against the bat in fair territory and, in the umpire’s judgment, there was no intention to interfere with the
course of the ball, the batter is not out and the ball is alive and in play.
(X) — When a thrown ball strikes an umpire.
(Y) — Whenever a ball is not dead as provided in Section 10:00 of this rule
book.
(Z) — When a thrown ball strikes a coach.
(AA) —When a ball has been called on the batter and when four balls have been
called but the batter may not be put out before she reaches first base.
(AB) —When a strike has been called on the batter and when three strikes have
been called on the batter.
(AC) —When a foul tip has been legally caught.
(AD) —If the ball slips from a pitcher’s hand during wind-up or during the back swing.
11:00 — CALLING TIME
11:01 — A manager shall be entitled to request time, on defense, to talk to his
players twice in the same inning without penalty. On the third (3rd) time, he shall
be required to remove the pitcher from the mound, but not the game.
NOTE: A pitcher removed from the mound as a result of this rule shall not be
allowed to return to the mound in the same game.
NOTE: A time out because of injury or sickness or for the purpose of discussing
a play situation with an umpire shall not be considered a charged time out for the
purpose of this rule. ALSO, MANAGERS ARE CAUTIONED THAT AN UMPIRE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN CALL TIME: MANAGERS MAY ONLY
REQUEST THAT TIME BE CALLED BY THE UMPIRE.
EXAMPLE A: With Sue Smith pitching the manager requests and is granted his
third (3rd) time out of the inning. Sue Smith consequently is removed from the mound
and is replaced with June Jones. Sue Smith is eligible to go to another position or
she can come out of the game. The manager subsequently is granted a fourth (4th)
time out in the same inning. There is no violation this time, and June Jones may
continue to pitch until the third (3rd) time out is granted with her on the mound.
EXAMPLE B: With Sue Smith pitching the manager requests and is granted his
second (2nd) time out of the inning. Sue Smith is removed from the mound and
sent to play shortstop. June Jones is brought in to pitch but later is removed from
the mound in the same inning. Sue Smith is brought in to pitch again in the same
inning that she was removed from the mound. The manager is granted a time out
with Sue Smith on the mound. As a consequence of this being the third (3rd) time
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out in the same inning with Sue Smith on the mound, Sue Smith must be removed
from the mound but not the game.
11:02 — Only one (1) time-out per batter shall be allowed on offense for a
manager to talk to a batter. Requesting a second (2nd) time-out during a batter’s
turn at bat shall result in that batter being declared OUT.
NOTE: A time-out because of injury or sickness or for the purpose of discussing
a play situation with an umpire shall not be considered a charged time out for the
purpose of this rule.
12:00 — APPEAL PLAYS
An appeal play is a play in which the umpire may not make a call until the player
brings it to his attention. Examples are: (a) base runner missing a base in regular
or reverse order; (b) base runner leaving a base before a fly ball is first touched;
(c) batting out of order; (d) when a batter/base runner legally overruns first base,
attempts to run to second base before returning to first and is legally touched while
off base. Passing a base runner or leaving a base improperly on a pitch and use of
illegal equipment are NOT appeal plays.
Appeals must be made before the next pitch, legal or illegal or before all infielders
and the pitcher have left their position after the third (3rd) out. Appeals may only
be made while the ball is alive. (EXCEPTION: Batting out of order is an appeal
play which may be made while the ball is dead, Rule 7:02, EFFECT.) If the ball
becomes dead before the appeal, it must be put in play again before an appeal can
be made. To put the ball back in play after it became dead, the pitcher must have
possession of the ball, be within eight feet (8’) of the pitcher’s plate and the umpire
calls “Play Ball”. An appeal play can be made without going through this procedure
if the ball did not become dead after the play being appealed.
Base runners may advance during an appeal play while the ball is alive. They may leave
their base when (a) the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand on a throw; (b) the pitcher leaves the
eight foot (8’) RADIUS circle; (c) the pitcher loses possession of the ball. The base runners
are out if they leave their bases prior to the time mentioned in (a) through (c).
Base runners may not (a) return to a base after they have touched another base
beyond the base they missed or left illegally on a caught fly ball, after the ball
becomes dead, even after it becomes alive; (b) may not return to a missed base or a
base they left illegally after they have entered their team area; (c) may not return to
a missed base or a base they left illegally after a following base runner had scored.
Throwing to a base while her foot is in contact with the pitcher’s plate by the
pitcher after the ball is put in play constitutes an illegal pitch. If such an illegal
pitch is declared, the appeal can no longer be made.
Appeals may be made after a succeeding play unless it is a pitch, legal or illegal.
THERE MAY BE MORE THAN ONE (1) APPEAL ON A PLAY. However, the
umpire should not allow guessing games. If there is more than one (1) base runner
involved in an appeal, the team appealing must state which one(s) they are appealing.
If an appeal is made during a dead ball, the umpire should advise the player making
the appeal, “You cannot make an appeal during a dead ball”. It is then up to the player
to make the proper appeal. If the appeal is finally made properly, it should be honored.
On a play at the plate where the base runner misses the plate and the catcher attempts to tag but also misses, the umpire shall make a call of “Safe”. If the catcher
then tags the base runner or plate, the umpire would then rule the base runner “Out”.
If the umpire did not make an initial “Safe” call or made no call at all, he would
be tipping off the catcher and the base runner that the base was missed.
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A defensive player may put a base runner out on an appeal by tagging the base
she missed or left too soon on a caught fly ball or by tagging the base runner while
off said base even if she is touching another base.
An appeal may be made after the third (3rd) out as long as it is made properly.
EXAMPLE: With no outs and base runners on first and third. The batter hits a
fly ball that is caught. Both base runners left their base before the caught ball was
touched. The appeal was made at first base for the second (2nd) out. The defensive
team then made another appeal at third base before the infielders left the infield. The
base runner on third would be declared “Out” also and the run would not count.
NOTE: In the DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS divisions, when a batting
tee or pitching machine is used, the ball does not have to be put back into play
in order for an appeal to be made. A player may request the ball from the umpire
before the umpire or coach places the ball on the tee and the player may make her
appeal after having received the ball from the umpire.
DIXIE SOFTBALL SUPPORTS THE “MIRACLE LEAGUE”
CONCEPT OF SPORTS AND ENCOURAGES LEAGUES
TO EITHER START A “MIRACLE LEAGUE” OR
SUPPORT THE NEAREST “MIRACLE LEAGUE” TYPE
PROGRAM IN THEIR AREA.
13:00 — UMPIRES, REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNAMENT
UMPIRES DURING REGULAR SEASON PLAY MUST BE REGISTERED
THROUGH THE DSI UMPIRE REGISTERING PROCEDURE.
NOTE: ALL TOURNAMENT UMPIRES MUST HAVE BEEN REGISTERED
AS REGULAR SEASON UMPIRES IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO
UMPIRE IN DSI TOURNAMENTS.
(A) — Each tournament host shall select the best possible umpires for each
game. An umpire shall not officiate as a plate umpire in more than two (2) games
in the same calendar day.
NOTE: The only umpire-in-chief in DSI is the umpire officiating as the home
plate umpire during a game.
(B) — The Commissioner or his appointed representative shall approve the umpires for the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES
and DEBS World Series; the State Director shall approve the umpires for the state
tournaments; and the District Director shall approve umpires for sub-district and
district tournaments.
NOTE: If a DSI registered umpire is not available for a game the Tournament
Director may select someone to umpire the game who is not a DSI registered
umpire. However, all efforts should be made to ensure that DSI registered
umpires are at all games.
(C) — The decision as to whether a field in tournament play is playable or
not and whether or not a person may return as a participant in a game following
a bleeding incident shall be left up to the Tournament Director.
NOTE: The umpire can stop a game if he feels the field is not playable but
MUST resume the game when the Tournament Director directs him to do so.
(D) — ALL TOURNAMENT UMPIRES MUST HAVE PASSED THE CURRENT
DSI UMPIRE REGISTRATION TEST. ANY PERSON WISHING TO BECOME A DSI
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REGISTERED UMPIRE NEEDS TO CONTACT: DALE WOODING, COMMITTEE
CHAIRMAN, 2522 Lewiston Plank Road, BURKEville, Virginia 23922
OR GO ONLINE AT softball.Dixie.org.В NOTE: IN ORDER TO REGISTER AS A DSI UMPIRE, THROUGH THE MAIL
SEND $30.00 FOR EACH PERSON REQUESTING TO BE REGISTERED AS AN
UMPIRE TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. IF TAKING THE TEST ONLINE GO TO:
softball.Dixie.org. ONLINE TEST WILL BE PAID BY CREDIT/DEBIT CARD
OR BY CHECK VIA PAYPAL. THOSE REQUESTING TO BE REGISTERED
AS UMPIRES MUST HAVE THEIR REQUEST IN POSTMARKED NO LATER
THAN APRIL 15 AND COMPLETED TESTS MUST BE postmarked no
later than May 1 and be IN THE HANDS OF THE UMPIRE CHAIRMAN
BY MAY 6 IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO UMPIRE IN REGULAR AND/OR
TOURNAMENT GAMES.
NOTE: REGULAR SEASON UMPIRES ARE TO BE REGISTERED BEFORE
THE FIRST REGULAR SEASON GAME IS PLAYED.
(E) — Umpires shall:
Dress in shirts and slacks or shorts that are approved by tournament or World
Series director. All umpires must either wear slacks or shorts, not a combination
of slacks and shorts. Each umpire should wear socks that coordinate in color with
their slacks or shorts and shoes should be black or navy. Shoes with metal cleats
are not to be worn. If caps are worn they must be the standard umpire caps or
those approved by DSI.
Home plate umpires are required to wear a face mask, chest protector and in the
case of a male umpire, a protective cup. EXCEPTIONS. DIXIE SWEETEES and
DARLINGS games do not require the home plate umpire to wear any protective
equipment but it is highly recommended.
Female home plate umpires are required to wear a face mask and a chest protector.
NOTE: Shin guards are recommended for home plate umpires but not required.
The umpire insignia (patch) of DSI, MUST be worn, preferably on the left
shoulder of the umpire’s shirt. No insignia or other umpire’s paraphernalia denoting
another softball association or baseball association offering a competing softball
program shall be worn or used at anytime in any DSI season, tournament or World
Series game. Note: Insignias of local umpire and school umpire associations may
be worn at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
DIXIE SWEETEES
(Ages 6 years and younger) 
(Preferred ages 4-6)
LEAGUES THAT MIX BOYS AND GIRLS TOGETHER IN THEIR TEEBALL REGULAR SEASON PROGRAMS MUST FRANCHISE THEIR DIXIE
SWEETEES DIVISION WITH DIXIE SOFTBA LL IN ORDER TO HAVE A
DIXIE SWEETEES TOURNAMENT TEAM.
SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES
(THESE RULES APPLY TO ALL TYPES OF PLAY FOR DIXIE SWEETEES)
GENERAL
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I — THE PLAYING FIELD
(A) — Base lines shall be fifty feet (50’) in length.
(B) — The distance from the point of home plate to the center of second base
and from first base to third base shall be seventy feet and nine inches (70’ 9”).
(C) — The batter’s box will measure six feet (6’) by three feet (3’). The
batter’s box will be measured four inches (4”) out from the side edge of home plate
and from the center of home plate the batter’s box will be measured with three feet
(3’) extending toward the pitcher’s plate and three feet (3’) extending toward the
backstop.
(D) — An arc reaching from the first base line to the third base line and
measured ten feet (10’) from the point of home plate toward the infield shall be
drawn to determine when ball is in play.
(E) — (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A vertical line (hash mark) shall be
drawn at the halfway point between first and second base, second and third base
and third base and home plate. The line is to help the umpire in determining position of the base runner and to which base the base runner is entitled when the ball
is ruled dead under the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle rule under base running in
the DIXIE SWEETEES SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES.
(F) — The eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle shall always be drawn at a distance
of forty feet (40’) from home plate and from the center of the player-pitcher’s plate.
.(G) — (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A horizontal line will be drawn from
one side of the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle to the other side at the half way point
of the circle. NOTE: This rule will apply during tournament play.
.(H) — (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A line, beginning at the ten feet
(10’) point behind first (1st) base, extending from the first (1st) baseline to the
ten feet (10’) point behind second (2nd) base and further extending from the ten
feet (10’) point behind second (2nd) base ending at the third (3rd) baseline at the
ten feet (10’) point behind third (3rd) base. NOTE: This rule will apply during
tournament play.
NOTE: DIXIE SOFTBALL allows local leagues to use the field dimensions
of their fields and a home run will be a ball hit over the fence. However, in
tournament play the fence distance will be a minimum of one hundred twenty
feet (120’) and a maximum of one hundred forty feet (140’).
II — EQUIPMENT
(A) — The official bat for the DIXIE SWEETEES will be those bats listed
under Rule 2:02 with the exception that the DIXIE SWEETEES bat can be no
longer than thirty-one inches (31”) in length.
EXCEPTION: In the DIXIE SWEETEES division only, bats that have the wording “OFFICIAL TEE BALL” or words to the effect that a bat is made for Tee Ball
play and the name of an approved bat manufacturer of DSI appears on the bat, it
is permitted for season and tournament play.
(B) — The Batting Tee must have a flat surface, not to exceed seventeen
inches (17”) in width. It must be adjustable and have at the batting area no less
than six inches (6”) of a hard rubber material that may be either flexible or not.
The Tee may be made of any material(s) that a league chooses as long as there is
at least six inches (6”) of a rubber type hose at the top of the Tee.
NOTE: The Tee shall sit upon home plate when the batter is at bat.
III — IT SHALL BE A REGULATION GAME WHEN:
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(A) — Both teams have completed five (5) innings, and the visiting team
has scored more runs than the home team.
(B) — The home team has scored more runs after four (4) innings than the
visiting team has scored in five (5) innings.
(C) — The home team scores the winning run in the last half of the fifth
(5th) inning before the tenth (10th) batter. If a batter in the last half of the final
inning of a game hits a home run and the ball goes out of play, all runners on base
and the batter shall be entitled to score, but all bases shall be touched in order.
(D) — After the end of five (5) innings with the score tied, play is continued
until one team has scored more runs than the other in an equal number of innings.
If the home team scores the winning run before the tenth (10th) batter in any extra
inning, the game shall be ended.
EXCEPTION: After three (3) complete innings of play and the game is called
because of darkness, rain or any other cause, it shall be a legal game and the team
ahead shall be the winner.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reason before they
become regulation shall be resumed from the point of termination.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reasons other than a
time limit after they have become regulation games shall revert to the score of the
last completed inning.
NOTE: This rule will also apply to league championship games.
(E) — Games shortened by reason of curfew, rain or other acts of God shall
be regulation games provided both teams have played three (3) or more complete
innings of play, or in the case of the home team, anytime it is ahead after two and
one-half (2ВЅ) innings of play.
(F) — One team has mathematically reached the point that the other team
cannot win the game, the game shall be ended.
IV — IT IS A REGULATION TIE GAME WHEN:
(A) — The score is even after three (3) or more complete innings.
(B) — After two and one-half (2½) or more innings, the home team is at
bat and has scored enough runs to make the score even and the game is called.
(C) — Tie games shall be replayed from the beginning or from the exact
point of termination at the discretion of the local league.
(D) — Any game which does not meet any of the conditions noted above
shall be declared “no contest” and shall be replayed from the beginning.
V — THE GAME, OFFENSE
(A) — There will be ten (10) players on defense with only six (6) players
in the infield with all being at least forty feet (40’) from home plate at the point
of time the ball is hit by the batter.
NOTE: The catcher and pitcher will be counted as infielders to satisfy this rule.
(B) — All outfielders must be at least ten feet (10’) behind the base lines
at the point of time the ball is hit by the batter.
NOTE: If any fielder is not at the proper distance when the batter hits the ball,
the offensive team shall have the privilege of having nullified any portion of the
play that occurred on the violation.
(C) — The offensive team will be made up of the entire team roster.
NOTE: If a team has fifteen (15) players registered on its team roster, and all
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fifteen (15) players show up for a game, then all fifteen (15) players shall be listed on
the batting order, and all will bat their turn whether they are playing defense or not.
EXCEPTION: In the case of injury or illness, the injured or ill player shall miss
her turn at bat with no penalty. The injured or ill player shall not be allowed to
re-enter the game in which she became injured or ill.
REMEMBER: ALL PLAYERS MUST PLAY AT LEAST SIX (6) CONSECUTIVE OUTS ON DEFENSE.
.NOTE: In DIXIE SWEETEES regular season play only, there may be up to
four (4) coaches allowed when a batting tee is used and five (5) coaches used when
a coach-pitcher or pitching machine is used. One of the coaches must stay in the
dugout area while two (2) other coaches will take their place as either a coach at
first base or third base. The fourth (4th) coach, when a batting tee is used, will be
the coach that assists the batter. The fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) coaches, when a
coach-pitcher or pitching machine is used, will be the coach that pitches or who
places the ball into the pitching machine and the coach that catches. NOTE: Only
four (4) coaches will be allowed in tournament play.
.The coach-pitcher and/or coach-catcher can, under supervision of the home plate
umpire, assist verbally his players on offense. If the umpire rules that the coachpitcher and/or coach-catcher is interfering with the defensive team by confusing
them with instructions to his players, then the coach-pitcher and/or coach-catcher
CANNOT assist his team while his team is on offense. NOTE: Coach-catchers
are not allowed in tournament play.
(D) — An inning shall be ended with the end of play of the tenth (10th)
batter in that inning.
NOTE: DIXIE SWEETEES WILL PLAY THE TEN (10) BATTERS RULE ONLY
AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE THE THREE (3) OUTS RULE DURING
SEASON PLAY. NOTE: In tournament play the three (3) out rule will apply.
NOTE: “END OF PLAY” on the tenth (10th) batter shall be interpreted to be
when an out has been made on the tenth (10th) batter, or any base runner on base
at the time the tenth (10th) batter bats or when the umpire declares that play is dead
because a base runner cannot advance without being put-out because a fielder is
holding the ball between her and the next base she is going to or when a defensive
player is touching home plate with the ball in her possession.
NOTE: When the tenth (10th) batter steps to home plate and takes her position
in the batter’s box, at that point two (2) outs will be called even though the batting
team may in fact not have any outs.
(E) — The offensive team’s manager, scorekeeper or the official scorekeeper
must notify the umpire when the tenth (10th) batter comes to bat and the umpire shall
notify the defensive team.
NOTE: (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A team completes its offensive half of
an inning when all members of the team have batted. If one (1) team has more
players than the other, the extra players are permitted to bat although any runs
scored as a result of the extra players batting shall NOT count in the score of
the game. The number of players counting for score is the minimum number of
players present or ten (10), whichever is more at game time. All rules applying
to the tenth (10th) batter shall apply to the tenth (10th) batter or the minimum
number of batters. Each team shall be required to play ten (10) players or the
minimum number of players, whichever is greater, two (2) complete consecutive
innings (six [6] outs on defense).
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(F) — There will be no bunting. If a batter is ruled to have bunted the ball
by the umpire, the batter shall be called “OUT”.
(G) — There will be no base on balls or hit by pitch advancements to bases
in DIXIE SWEETEES.
(H) — Rule 11:00 shall be in effect.
VI — BASE RUNNING
(A) — The base runner shall not steal a base or take a lead off the base being occupied.
.(B) — The base runner shall advance only when the ball has been hit
past the ten foot (10’) arc unless it is a foul tip or a pop-up, foul or inside the ten
feet (10’) arc line, that is caught before it hits the ground. NOTE: If the ball hits
the ground or if the ball is touched by a defensive player inside the ten foot (10’)
arc line and the ball bounds into fair territory, the ball is to be ruled “foul”.
(C) — On overthrows base runners can advance only one base. NOTE: There
will be only one (1) overthrow ruling allowed per batter.
(D) — Play will stop: (a.) when the pitcher-player or any another defensive
player is within the eight-foot RADIUS circle and has possession of the ball, (b.)
when a thrown ball hits the ground inside the eight-foot RADIUS circle with the
pitcher-player or any other defensive player inside the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle,
or (c.) if the ball hits the person or uniform of the player-pitcher, coach-pitcher or
any other defensive player within the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle, or when the
umpire declares that play is dead because a base runner cannot advance without
being put-out because fielder is holding the ball between her and the next base she
is going to. NOTE: THE PITCHER-PLAYER OR A DEFENSIVE PLAYER DOES
NOT HAVE TO HAVE POSSESSION OF THE BALL INSIDE THE EIGHT FOOT
(8’) RADIUS CIRCLE IN ORDER TO STOP PLAY.
NOTE: If a thrown ball leaves the eight foot (8’) RADIUS circle after having
touched the ground or touched the coach-pitcher’s or player-pitcher’s uniform or
person, the base runners will be allowed to continue to the next base if they have gone
past the vertical line between the bases when the ball was ruled dead by the umpire.
NOTE: If, in the umpire’s judgment, a thrown ball that hits the ground inside
the eight foot (8’) RADIUS circle or touches the coach-pitcher’s or player-pitcher’s
uniform or person while the coach-pitcher or player/pitcher is inside the eight foot
(8’) RADIUS circle was thrown in such a manner as to be making a play on a base
runner or batter/base runner the ball will be ruled alive and play shall continue. This
rule will be within the umpire’s judgment and cannot be protested.
(E) — If a base runner leaves her base before the ball is hit by the batter,
the base umpire shall signal “delayed dead ball” to indicate the violation at the
time it occurs. The defensive team shall have the privilege of having nullified any
portion of the play that occurred on the violation.
NOTE: If the base runner leaves her base after the bat breaks the plane of the
Batting Tee or home plate and the batter misses the ball or if the ball goes foul
or if the ball does not go beyond the ten foot (10’) arc, there will be no penalty.
The ball is ruled “dead”.
NOTE: The bat coming in contact with the ball or the bat breaking the plane of
the Batting Tee or home plate is within the judgment of the umpire.
NOTE: If both the offensive and defensive teams are in violation of a rule on
the same play, then the ball is ruled “dead”.
(F) — The INFIELD FLY rule does not apply.
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VII — EACH Base runner, INCLUDING THE BATTER/Base runner,
SHALL WITHOUT DANGER OF BEING PUT OUT, ADVANCE:
(A) — To home plate, if the batter hits a fair fly ball over the fence or into
the bleachers one hundred twenty feet (120’) or more from home plate, provided
all base runners touch all bases legally. (Application of this rule is subject to Rule
VI (D) and Rule VIII (B) of DIXIE SWEETEES SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES.)
The batter hitting the home run shall be required to run the bases and she shall be
required to touch all bases.
(B) — Two (2) bases if the batter hits a fly ball that passes over a fence
less than one hundred feet (100’) from home plate.
(C) — Two (2) bases if a fair ball touches a spectator or if it bounces into
a stand outside the first or third base foul lines or if it goes through or under a
fence, scoreboard, etc., or bounces over a fence.
(D) — Base runners caught between bases when the pitcher or player-pitcher
gains possession of the ball inside the eight foot (8’) RADIUS circle, must stop at
the next base, or return to the last base she was legally entitled as judged by the
umpire. In the DIXIE SWEETEES division, the base runner will not be called out
if she does not immediately advance or return to a base.
NOTE: The umpires are instructed to not allow a base runner to stop between
bases in order to try to make a pitcher or player-pitcher possibly commit an error.
The pitcher or player-pitcher does not have to have the ball inside the eight foot
(8’) RADIUS circle for the umpire to call the play dead.
VIII — PITCHING RULES
NOTE: LEAGUES THAT PLAY DIXIE SWEETEES HAVE THE OPTION
DURING REGULAR SEASON PLAY TO USE EITHER THE PITCHING MACHINE
or COACH-PITCHER RULES FOUND IN THE DIXIE SWEETEES SPECIFIC
PLAYING RULES.
(A) — If a pitcher or player-pitcher does not take her normal pitching position or
leaves the area she is assigned and/or if any of the infielders or outfielders are not at
the proper distance at the point the batter hits the ball, the base umpire shall signal
“delayed dead ball” to indicate the violation at the time it occurs. The offensive
team shall have the privilege of having nullified any portion of the play that occurred on the violation.
EXAMPLE A: The batter hits a home run over the fence in but the pitcher left
the pitcher’s plate early or the player-pitcher was not in a proper area. The offensive
team may take the home run and all runs scored shall count.
EXAMPLE B: With no outs and a base runner on first, the batter hits into a
double play but the pitcher left the pitcher’s plate early or the player-pitcher was
not in a proper area. The offensive team may nullify the double play with all base
runners returning to the base they occupied at the time the batter hit the ball. The
play shall be declared “dead”.
(B) — A pitcher or player-pitcher removed from the mound shall be allowed
to return to the mound one (1) time in the same game. NOTE: To satisfy this rule
it will be ruled that if a pitcher returns to the mound in the same inning of a game
in which she was removed she shall be credited with pitching in ONLY one (1)
inning for the inning in which she was removed.
IX — SPECIFIC RULES WHEN A BATTING TEE IS USED
1. The distance from the front of the pitcher’s plate to the point of home plate
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shall be forty feet (40’).
2. The player/pitcher playing the pitcher’s position must have both feet in contact
with the pitcher plate at the point of time the ball is hit.
3. The catcher must stand beside the home plate umpire when a batter is striking at the ball.
NOTE: To satisfy this rule, the home plate umpire must stand directly behind
the batter and the catcher must stand to the right of the umpire if there is a righthanded batter and to the left of the umpire if there is a left-handed batter.
NOTE: The catcher MUST wear a batting helmet with an attached face shield
or a regulation catcher’s helmet with a mask. Any other catcher’s equipment is
optional to the leagues, however, Dixie Softball recommends that all catcher’s
equipment be used for safety’s sake.
4.  Each batter will be allowed only three (3) swings at the ball.
NOTE: If, on the third (3rd) swing, the ball does not pass the ten foot (10’)
arc, or is fouled off, the batter shall continue to bat until she either hits the ball
into fair territory or she swings at and misses the ball.
NOTE: THE HOME PLATE UMPIRE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PLACING THE BALL ON THE TEE, REMOVING THE TEE FROM HOME PLATE
WHEN A Base runner IS RUNNING TO HOME PLATE AND REPLACING
THE TEE UPON HOME PLATE WHEN PLAY IS TO RESUME.
X — SPECIFIC RULES WHEN A COACH-PITCHER IS USED
1. The eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle shall be drawn around the forty feet (40’)
pitcher’s plate distance.
2. The player-pitcher shall stand with both feet inside the eight foot (8’) RADIUS
circle even with or behind (but not in front) of the pitcher’s plate.
NOTE: To satisfy this rule the player-pitcher does not have to be in contact
with the pitcher’s plate at the point of time the ball is hit.
3. The coach-pitcher will pitch from a distance of thirty feet (30’). He shall
pitch the ball in an underhanded manner.
4. The coach-pitcher must make every effort to avoid interfering with any ball
put in to play by either being hit by a batted ball or a thrown ball. A coach-pitcher
should make every effort to leave the ball field opposite where the ball is hit. If
the ball is hit up the middle the coach should try to leave the ball field to the side
he feels would less likely interfere with play.
NOTE: If, in the judgment of the umpire, a coach-pitcher intentionally interfered
with the play, the penalty shall be: The batter is out and the ball is dead. All base
runners must return to the last base they legally occupied. If, in the judgment of
the umpire, a coach-pitcher unintentionally interfered with the play then the ball
is ruled dead and the pitch replayed.
NOTE: The coach-pitcher shall only field the ball when it is being thrown to
him in order to put the ball back in play.
5. All player-catchers and coach-catchers who play in the normal catcher’s position or, in the case of a player-catcher playing in an abnormal position, MUST
wear ALL equipment that is traditionally worn by a catcher, i.e., mask with throat
protector, helmet, chest protector and shin guards. If the coach-catcher is a male
a protective “cup” must be worn.
6. If a coach-catcher is used, the player playing the position of catcher MUST
wear a regulation catcher’s helmet with a mask. The catcher must stand in an area
designated safe by the home plate umpire when a pitch is being thrown to a batter.
7. Each batter will be allowed five (5) pitches to be thrown to her in which she
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can: (1) Strike at and miss three (3) pitches thus creating a “strike out” or, (2) Hit
the ball into fair territory. NOTE: If, after five (5) pitches to the same batter are
fouled off, the batter shall continue batting until she either swings at and misses
the ball or hits the ball into fair territory.
8. Bunting is not allowed.
XI — SPECIFIC RULES WHEN A PITCHING MACHINE IS USED
1. The eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle shall be drawn around the forty feet
(40’) pitcher’s plate distance.
2. The player-pitcher shall stand at any position within the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS
circle as long as the player-pitcher is in line with or behind the pitcher’s plate.
3. The pitching machine shall be placed at a distance of thirty feet (30’) from
the point of home plate.
4. The coach-pitcher must take a position behind the pitching machine and
MUST hold the ball over his head and should make sure that the batter has his
attention before placing the ball into the pitching machine. Once the ball is placed
into the pitching machine the coach-pitcher is to protect any player who is approaching the pitching machine trying to make a play on the ball. If, in the opinion
of the coach-pitcher, a player is in danger of running into the pitching machine,
the coach-pitcher is to stand between the player and the pitching machine in
order to keep the player from running into the machine. If a player runs into
the coach-pitcher the ball shall be ruled “dead” and the batter will be placed on
first base without liability of being put out and any base runner forced to do so
will be advanced one base. All base runners not forced to move to another base
shall remain at the base they were occupying.
5. If a batted ball hits the pitching machine the batter will be placed on first
base without liability of being put out and any base runner forced to do so will
be advanced one base. All base runners not forced to move to another base shall
remain at the base they were occupying.
6. If a coach-catcher is used then the player-catcher playing the position of
catcher MUST wear a batting helmet with an attached face shield or a regulation
catcher’s helmet with a mask. The player-catcher must stand in an area designated
safe by the home plate umpire when a pitch is made to the batter.
7. Each batter will be allowed five (5) swings in which she can either strike
at and miss and/or foul off or hit the ball into fair territory.
NOTE: If, after five (5) pitches, a batter has not hit the ball into fair territory,
she shall be declared “OUT”.
NOTE: If, on the fifth (5th) pitch, the ball is fouled off, the batter shall continue to
bat until she either hits the ball into fair territory or she swings at and misses the ball.
8. Each team will decide as to what type ball will be pitched to their team.
9. Each team will decide as to what speed the pitching machine will be set
on for balls being pitched to their team.
10. The home team must supply the pitching machine. EXCEPTION: The visiting team may use their own pitching machine if it is of a different model than the
machine the home team is supplying.
11. Bunting is not allowed.
THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ABOVE RULES SHALL BE WITH THE
MANAGERS OF THE COMPETING TEAMS BUT THE OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER IS DIRECTED TO NOTIFY THE MANAGER, WHENEVER POSSIBLE,
TO PREVENT A VIOLATION AND PROTESTED GAME.
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DIXIE DARLINGS
(Ages 8 years and younger)
(Preferred ages 7 and 8)
SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES
I — THE PLAYING FIELD
.(A) — Baselines shall be sixty feet (60’) in length.
(B) — The distance from the front side of the coach-pitcher’s plate to the
point of home plate shall be thirty feet (30’) .
(C) — An eight-foot RADIUS circle shall be drawn at the forty foot mark
from the point of home plate. A line shall be drawn across the circle at the half way
mark. The player-pitcher must stay behind this line until the ball is hit. A pitcher’s
plate can be inside of the circle but only should be used for having a point with
which to draw the circle. NOTE: This rule will apply during tournament play.
.(D) — The distance from the point of home plate to the center of second
base and from first base to third base shall be eighty-four feet and ten inches (84’
10”).
(E) — LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION- A vertical line (hash mark) shall be
drawn at the halfway point between first and second base, second and third base,
and third base and home plate. The line is to help the umpire in determining position
of the base runner and to which base the base runner is entitled when the ball is
ruled dead under the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle rule under base running in the
DIXIE DARLINGS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES. NOTE: This rule will apply
during tournament play.
(F) – The batter’s box will measure six feet (6’) by three feet (3’). The batter’s box will be measured four inches (4”) out from the side edge of home plate
and from the center of home plate the batter’s box will be measured with three
feet (3’) extending toward the pitcher’s plate and three feet (3’) extending toward
the backstop.
.(G) — (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A horizontal line will be drawn from
one side of the eight-foot RADIUS circle to the other side at the halfway point of
the circle. NOTE: This rule will apply during tournament play.
.(H) — (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A line, beginning at the ten feet
(10’) point behind first (1st) base, extending from the first (1st) baseline to the
ten feet (10’) point behind second (2nd) base and further extending from the ten
feet (10’) point behind second (2nd) base ending at the third (3rd) baseline at the
ten feet (10’) point behind third (3rd) base. NOTE: This rule will apply during
tournament play.
II — IT SHALL BE A REGULATION GAME WHEN:
(A) — Both teams have completed five (5) innings, and the visiting team
has scored more runs than the home team.
(B) — The home team has scored more runs after four (4) innings than the
visiting team has scored in five (5) innings.
(C) — The home team scores the winning run in the last half of the fifth
(5th) inning before the third (3rd) out. If a batter in the last half of the final inning
of a game hits a home run and the ball goes out of play, all runners on base and
the batter shall be entitled to score, but all bases shall be touched in order.
(D) — After the end of five (5) innings with the score tied, play is continued
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until one team has scored more runs than the other in an equal number of innings.
If the home team scores the winning run before the third (3rd) out in any extra
inning, the game shall be ended.
EXCEPTION: After three (3) complete innings of play and the game is called
because of darkness, rain or any other cause, it shall be a legal game and the team
ahead shall be the winner.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reason before they become
regulation games shall be resumed from the point of termination.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reasons other than a
time limit after they have become regulation games shall revert to the score of the
last completed inning.
NOTE: This rule will also apply to league championship games.
(E) — Games shortened by reason of curfew, rain or other acts of God shall
be regulation games provided both teams have played three (3) or more complete
innings of play, or in the case of the home team, anytime it is ahead after two and
one-half (2ВЅ) innings of play. Pitchers shall only be charged for innings actually
pitched.
NOTE: Both teams must have an equal opportunity with the same number of
innings at bat. Runs scored by the visiting team in the top half of an inning do not
count until the home team has had its opportunity to bat in the bottom half of that
inning unless the home team manager wishes to concede.
(F) — One team has mathematically reached the point that the other team
cannot win the game, the game shall be ended.
III — IT IS A REGULATION TIE GAME WHEN:
(A) — The score is even after three (3) or more complete innings.
(B) — After two and one-half (2½) or more innings, the home team is at
bat and has scored enough runs to make the score even and the game is called.
(C) — Tie games shall be replayed from the beginning or from the exact
point of termination at the discretion of the local league. Pitchers shall be subject
to regular eligibility rules, and under no condition shall they pitch in more innings
than allowed by Pitching Rule VIII of DIXIE DARLINGS SPECIFIC PLAYING
RULES.
NOTE: This rule does not give a pitcher extra eligibility of innings because she did not
possibly use up her eligible innings in the week in which the original tie game was stopped.
(D) — Any game which does not meet any of the conditions noted above
shall be declared “no contest” and shall be replayed from the beginning.
IV — THE GAME, OFFENSE
(A) — The catcher shall NOT be required to catch the third (3rd) strike,
except for a foul tip. The batter shall be out and the base runners shall NOT advance.
.(B) — There will be ten (10) players on defense: (a.) All infielders must
be no further than ten feet (10’) behind the baselines at the point of the ball being
hit by the batter. There will be only six (6) infielders with the pitcher and catcher
being counted as infielders to satisfy this rule. (b.) All outfielders must be at least
ten feet (10’) behind the baselines at the point of the ball being hit by the batter.
NOTE: Fielders may be placed wherever the coach desires as long as the ten feet
(10’) line ruled is followed.
(C) — The offensive team will be made up of the entire team roster.
NOTE: If a team has fifteen (15) players registered on its team roster, and all
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fifteen (15) players show up for a game, then all fifteen (15) players shall be listed
on the batting order, and will bat their turn whether they are playing defense or not.
EXCEPTION: In the case of injury or illness, the injured or ill player shall miss
her turn at bat, with no penalty, said player shall not be allowed to re-enter the
game in which she became injured or ill.
REMEMBER: ALL PLAYERS MUST PLAY AT LEAST SIX (6) CONSECUTIVE OUTS ON DEFENSE.
(D) — An inning shall be ended with the third (3rd) out or end of play of
the tenth (10th) batter in that inning.
NOTE: “END OF PLAY” on the tenth (10th) batter shall be interpreted to be
when an out has been made on the tenth (10th) batter, or any base runner on base
at the time the tenth (10th) batter bats or when the umpire declares that play is dead
because a base runner cannot advance without being put-out because a fielder is
holding the ball between her and the next base she is going to or when a defensive
player is touching home plate with the ball in her possession.
NOTE: When the tenth (10th) batter steps to the plate and takes her position in
the batter’s box, at that point two (2) outs will be called even though the batting
team may in fact not have any outs.
NOTE: (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A team completes its offensive half of an
inning when all members of the team have batted. If one (1) team has more players
than the other, the extra players are permitted to bat although any runs scored as a
result of the extra players batting shall NOT count in the score of the game. The
number of players counting for score is the minimum number of players present
or ten (10), whichever is more at game time. All rules applying to the tenth (10th)
batter shall apply to the tenth (10th) batter or to the minimum number of batters.
Each team shall be required to play ten (10) players or the minimum number,
whichever is greater, two (2) complete consecutive innings (six [6] outs on defense).
V — BASE RUNNING
(A) — The base runner shall not steal a base or take a lead off the base being
occupied.
(B) — The base runner shall not advance on a wild pitch by the pitcher or
a passed ball by the catcher.
(C) — The base runner shall advance only when a ball has been hit into
fair territory by the batter or when forced to advance by a base on balls and/or a
hit batter or when a fly ball is caught in foul territory.
(D) – The ball is dead and all base runners must stop at the base the umpire
rules they are entitled when: the pitcher or player-pitcher has possession of a thrown
ball inside the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle. NOTE: If the ball is hit directly back
to the pitcher or player-pitcher inside the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle and the
pitcher or player-pitcher makes no play, all batters and base runners will be entitled
to advance one (1) base only without liability of being put out. If the pitcher or
player-pitcher chooses to make a play then normal base running rules will apply.
(E) — Umpires shall declare play dead when a base runner cannot advance
without being put-out because a fielder is holding the ball between her and the
next base the base runner is going to or when a defensive player is touching home
plate with the ball in her possession. NOTE: If the base runner that is held up is
not the lead base runner(s) the umpire shall allow lead base runner(s) to advance
to the next base if the lead base runner(s) has passed the hash mark.
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(F) — If a base runner leaves her base before the ball is hit by the batter,
the base umpire shall signal “delayed dead ball” to indicate the violation at the
time it occurs. The defensive team shall have the privilege of having nullified any
portion of the play that occurred on the violation.
(G) – Hash marks shall be drawn half way between first base and second
base; second base and third base; and third base and home plate in order to help
the umpire to determine whether a base runner has advanced more that one-half
the distance between bases. If a player has passed the hash mark before the playerpitcher has possession of the ball inside the eight-foot (8’) RADIUS circle she shall
be awarded the base she was attempting to reach without liability of being put out
NOTE: Once the player-pitcher has possession of the ball inside the eight-foot (8’)
RADIUS circle the ball becomes a ”dead” and no play can be made on any base runner.
EXCEPTION: If there is an appeal play to be made it can be made with the
ball ruled dead. When the player/pitcher has possession of the ball the player/
pitcher’s coach may instruct the player/pitcher on the proper procedure of how to
make an appeal.
NOTE: If any outfielder is not at the proper distance when the ball is hit, then the
offensive team has the privilege of Rule V (D) of DIXIE DARLINGS SPECIFIC
RULES. If both the offensive and defensive teams are in error, the ball is ruled “dead.”
(H) — The INFIELD FLY rule does not apply.
VI — EACH Base runner, INCLUDING THE BATTER/Base runner,
SHALL WITHOUT DANGER OF BEING PUT OUT, ADVANCE:
(A) — To home plate, if the batter hits a fair fly ball over the fence or into the
bleachers one hundred forty feet (140’) and or more from home plate, provided all
base runners touch all bases legally. (Application of this rule is subject to Rule V (D)
of DIXIE DARLINGS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES.) The batter hitting the home
run shall be required to run the bases and she shall be required to touch all bases.
NOTE: DIXIE SOFTBALL allows local leagues to use the field dimensions
of their fields and a home run will be a ball hit over the fence. However, in
tournament play the fence distance will be a minimum of one hundred forty
feet (140’) and a maximum of one hundred sixty feet (160’).
(B) — Two (2) bases if the batter hits a fair fly ball that passes over a fence
less than one hundred twenty feet (120’) and from home plate. The ball is dead.
(C) — Two (2) bases if a fair ball touches a spectator or if it bounces into
a stand outside the first or third base foul lines or if it goes through or under a
fence, scoreboard, etc., or bounces over a fence.
VII — PITCHING RULES
.NOTE: PLAYER-PITCHERS MUST WEAR A FACE MASK WHILE PLAYING THE PLAYER-PITCHER POSITION. FACE GUARDS MAY BE ATTACHED
TO AN APPROVED HELMET.
NOTE: IN TOURNAMENT PLAY THE DIXIE DARLINGS SHALL USE
COACH-PITCH RULES
NOTE: A coach-pitcher may pitch every inning of every game when coachpitcher rules are used.
NOTE: Any coach-pitcher may return to the mound once during a game.
(A) — A pitcher or player-pitcher shall be limited to seven (7) innings of
playing that position between Monday through the following Sunday night except
that in a tie game at the end of the five (5) innings the starting pitcher or player72
pitcher may play that position in the sixth (6th) inning and except as described in
RULE VIII (E) of DIXIE DARLINGS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES. Under no
condition shall a pitcher or pitcher-player play that position in more than five (5)
innings in one (1) game except as noted above.
NOTE: The extra inning rule does not apply to a starting pitcher or player-pitcher
who was removed from and returned to that position in the same game, regardless
of which inning she returned.
NOTE: The pitcher or player-pitcher shall be charged only for the innings she
played that position. If a pitcher or player-pitcher does not have to play that position
in the bottom half of an inning she is not charged for that inning.
(B) — A pitcher or player-pitcher removed from that position shall be allowed
to return to that position one (1) time in the same game. NOTE: To satisfy this rule
it will be ruled that if a pitcher or player-pitcher returns to that position in the same
inning of a game in which she was removed she shall be credited with playing that
position in ONLY one (1) inning for the inning in which she was removed.
(C) — (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) After four (4) batters have walked in
an inning, the offensive team’s manager or coach comes in to pitch for the rest of
the inning. (NOTE: A hit batter counts as a walk.)
NOTE: A player-pitcher removed from the mound under this rule may return to
the mound in the next inning and may continue to pitch until such time her coach
removes her for circumstances other than what is covered in this rule.
NOTE: If this LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION is adopted the eight foot (8’) RADIUS
circle shall be drawn around the forty feet (40’) pitcher’s plate distance.
(D) — Innings pitched in games declared “no contest” shall count.
(E) — In a series or single game played in a local league or between two (2)
teams in a regional play-off that is decided by a best of three (3) series, or played
under the double elimination tournament bracket or by a single game play-off, a
player-pitcher shall play that position in only five (5) or six (6) innings in the case
she is the starting player-pitcher. This may be a series to determine a first or second
half winner in the event two (2) or more teams are tied at the end of either half,
or in a series between first and second half winners to determine league champion.
All such games shall be played to a conclusion unless the team behind wishes to
concede. All player-pitchers shall be eligible to play that position in such a series
or playoff.
NOTE: This rule allows a player-pitcher to play that position in only five (5)
innings of a regular season game(s) and five (5) innings of a league championship
game(s) during a week with the exception of rule VII (A) which allows a starting
player-pitcher an extra inning in case of tie games.
EXAMPLE A: A player-pitcher plays that position five (5) innings in a regular
season game on Monday. She then plays that position five (5) innings in a league
championship game on Thursday of the same week. This is legal.
EXAMPLE B: A player-pitcher pitches five (5) innings in a regular season game
on Monday. She then pitches five (5) innings in a league championship game on
Thursday and she then pitches five (5) innings in a regular season game on Friday
of the same week. This is illegal.
All other local league rules shall apply and protests shall be handled according
to Tournament Rule XI.
(F) — In exhibition games a pitcher or player-pitcher shall be allowed to
play that position three (3) additional innings, or a total of ten (10) innings for the
week at one time during the season.
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(G) — THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ABOVE RULES SHALL BE
WITH THE MANAGERS OF THE COMPETING TEAMS BUT THE OFFICIAL
SCOREKEEPER IS DIRECTED TO NOTIFY THE MANAGER, WHENEVER
POSSIBLE, TO PREVENT A VIOLATION AND PROTESTED GAME.
VIII – SPECIFIC RULES WHEN A COACH-PITCHER IS USED
1. The-eight foot (8’) RADIUS circle shall be drawn around the forty foot (40’)
pitcher’s plate distance.
2. The player-pitcher shall stand with both feet inside the eight foot (8’) RADIUS circle
even with or behind (but not in front) of the pitcher’s plate or the forty feet (40’) line.
NOTE: To satisfy this rule the player-pitcher does not have to be in contact with the
pitcher’s plate or the forty feet (40’) line at the point of time the ball is hit.
3. The coach-pitcher will pitch from a distance of thirty feet (30’). He shall pitch
the ball in an underhanded manner. The coach-pitcher may use any pitching style he
chooses as long as one (1) foot is at the thirty feet (30’) mark when the pitch begins.
4. The coach-pitcher must make every effort to avoid interfering with any ball put
into play by either being hit by a batted ball or a thrown ball by defensive player. A
coach-pitcher should make every effort to leave the ball field opposite where the ball
is hit. If the ball is hit up the middle the coach should try to leave the ball field to the
side he feels would less likely interfere with play
NOTE: If, in the judgment of the umpire, a coach-pitcher intentionally interfered
with the play, the penalty shall be: The batter is out and the ball is dead. All base runners
must return to the last base they legally occupied. If, in the opinion of the umpire, a
coach-pitcher unintentionally interfered with the play the play will be ruled dead and
the pitch shall be replayed.
NOTE: If a batted or thrown ball hits the coach-pitcher the play will be ruled “Dead”.
And all base runners must return to the base they last legally occupied.
NOTE: The coach-pitcher shall only field the ball when it is being thrown to him
in order to put the ball back in play.
.NOTE: LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION: Coach-pitchers can only assist the batter
in positioning her while she in the batter’s box (no other type of coaching is allowed)
but once the ball is hit he cannot assist the batter as a base runner. A coach-pitcher
CANNOT, through vocal. body motions or by any other means, assist the batter-base
runner or any other base runners. The coach-pitcher cannot, through vocal, body motion
or by any other means, direct or signal coaching instructions to other coaches. The
coach-pitcher cannot be involved in any meeting between the players and the other
coaches while he is on the field as a coach-pitcher. PENALTY: After one warning (per
game) the violating coach-pitcher shall be removed from the coach-pitcher position for
the remainder of the game. NOTE: This rule will apply during tournament play.
5. All player-catchers and coach-catchers who play in the normal catcher’s position
or, in the case of a player-catcher playing in an abnormal position, MUST wear ALL
equipment that is traditionally worn by a catcher, i.e., mask with throat protector, helmet,
chest protector and shin guards. If the coach-catcher is a male a protective “cup” must
be worn. Coach-catchers are not allowed in DIXIE DARLINGS tournament play.
6. If a coach-catcher is used, the player playing the position of catcher MUST
wear a helmet, mask with throat protector and a chest protector and stand in an area
designated safe by the home plate umpire when a pitch is being thrown to a batter.
7. Each batter will be allowed five (5) pitches to be thrown to her in which she can:
1. Strike at and miss three (3) pitches thus creating a “strike out” or,
2. Hit the ball into fair territory.
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NOTE: If, on the fifth (5th) pitch the batter hits a foul ball, the batter shall continue
batting until she either swings at and misses the ball or hits the ball into fair territory.
8. Bunting is not allowed.
DIXIE ANGELS
TRADITIONAL
 (Ages 10 years and younger) 
(Preferred ages 9 and 10)
SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES
I – THE PLAYING FIELD
  (A) – Baselines shall be sixty feet (60’) in length.
(B) – The distance from the front side of the pitcher’s plate to the point of
home plate shall be thirty-five feet (35’).
(C) – The distance from the point of home plate to the center of second
base and from first base shall be: eighty-four feet and ten inches (84’ 10”).
(D) – The batter’s box will measure six feet (6’) by three feet (3’). The batter’s
box will be measured four inches (4”) out from the side edge of home plate and from
the center of home plate the batter’s box will be measured with three feet (3’) extending toward the pitcher’s plate and three feet (3’) extending toward the backstop.
 II – IT SHALL BE A REGULATION GAME WHEN:
(A) – Both teams have completed five (5) innings, and the visiting team has
scored more runs than the home team.
(B) – The home team has scored more runs after four (4) innings than the
visiting team has scored in five (5) innings.
(C) – The home teams scores the winning run in the last half of the fifth
(5th) inning before the third (3rd) out. If a batter in the last half of the final inning
of a game hits a home run and the ball goes out of play, all runners on base and
the batter shall be entitled to score, but all bases shall be touched in order.
(D) – After the end of five (5) innings with the score tied, play is continued
until one team scores more runs that the other in an equal number of innings. If
after the home team scores the winning run before the third (3rd) out in any extra
inning, the game shall be ended.
В EXCEPTION: When a team is ten (10) runs ahead after two (2) complete innings of play and the game is called because of darkness, rain or any other cause,
it shall be a legal game and the team ahead shall be the winner.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reasons before they
become regulation games shall be resumed from the point of termination.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reasons other than a
time limit after they have become regulation games shall revert to the score of the
last completed inning.
NOTE: This rule will also apply to league championship games.
  (E) – Games shortened by reason of curfew, rain or other acts of God shall
be regulation games provided both teams have played three (3) or more complete
innings of play or, in the case of the home team, anytime it is after two and one-half
(2ВЅ) innings of play. Pitchers shall only be charged for innings actually pitched.
(F) – One team has mathematically reached the point that the other team
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cannot win the game, the game shall be ended.
III – IT IS A REGULATION TIE GAME WHEN:
(A) – The score is even after three (3) or more complete innings.
(B) – After two and one-half (2½) or more innings, the home team is at bat
and has scored enough runs to make the score even and the game is called.
(C) - Tie games shall be replayed from the beginning or from the exact
point of termination at the discretion of the local league. Pitchers shall be subject
to regular eligibility rules, and under no condition shall they pitch in more innings
than allowed by Pitching Rule VII of DIXIE ANGELS SPECIFIC RULES.В В NOTE: This rule does not give a pitcher extra eligibility of innings because she
did not possibly use up her eligible innings in the week on which the original tie
game was stopped.
(D) – Any game which does not meet any of the conditions noted above
shall be declared “no contest” and shall be replayed from the beginning.
IV – League championships decided by one (1) game shall be played to a
conclusion, regardless of the score or inning, unless the team behind wishes to
concede. The game, if suspended, shall be completed at the earliest possible date
and shall be played from the point of termination.
V – THE GAME, OFFENSE
(A) – The catcher shall NOT be required to catch the third (3rd) strike, except
for a foul tip. The batter shall be out and the base runners shall NOT advance.
(B) – There will be ten (10) players on defense with only six (6) players in
the infield at the point of the ball being released to the batter by the pitcher.
NOTE: The catcher and pitcher will be counted as infielders to satisfy this rule.
NOTE: Players listed in the lineup as infielders shall remain identified as infielders
regardless of where they are placed on the playing field. Players listed in the lineup,
as outfielders (including the shortfielder) shall remain identified as outfielders and
shall not be allowed to play in the infield at anytime. EXCEPTION: If a player is
changed from an outfield position to an infield position or vice versa, the change has
to be noted to the umpire and scorekeeper. NOTE: An outfielder brought in from the
outfield must play in the normal playing position of the infielder she is replacing.
EXAMPLE: If an outfielder is brought in from the outfield to replace the first
baseman, the outfielder has to play in the normal first baseman position. If the
change is made during the inning a time-out will be charged to team for each time
a position change is made during an inning.
NOTE: When position changes are made between outfielders and infielders during
an inning, the pitcher shall be removed from the pitcher’s position on the second
time-out request to change infielders and outfielders. This rule overrides the third
(3rd) visit time-out rule of Section 11:00.
  (C) – All outfielders must be at least ten feet (10’) behind the baselines at the
point of the ball being hit by the batter.
  (D) – The offensive team will be made up of the entire team roster.
NOTE: If a team has fifteen (15) players registered on its team roster, and all
fifteen (15) players show up for a game, then all fifteen (15) players shall be listed
on the batting order, and will bat their turn whether they are playing defense or not.
EXCEPTION: In the case of injury or illness, the injured or ill player shall miss
her turn at bat, with no penalty, said player shall not be allowed to re-enter the
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game in which she became injured or ill.
REMEMBER: ALL PLAYERS MUST PLAY AT LEAST SIX (6) CONSECUTIVE OUTS ON DEFENSE.
  (E) – An inning shall be ended with the third (3rd) out or end of play of the
tenth (10th) batter in that inning. If the tenth (10th) batter walks, is hit by a pitched
ball or there is catcher’s interference, all base runners, whether forced or not, shall
advance two (2) bases.
NOTE: “END OF PLAY” on the tenth (10th) batter shall be interpreted to be
when an out has been made on the tenth (10th) batter, or any base runner on base
at the time the tenth (10th) batter bats or when the umpire declares that play is dead
because a base runner cannot advance without being put-outВ because a fielder is
holding the ball between her and the next base she is going to or when a defensive
player is touching home plate with the ball in her possession.
NOTE: When the tenth (10th) batter steps to the plate and takes her position in
the batter’s box, at that point two (2) outs will be called even though the batting
team may in fact not have any outs.
NOTE: (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A team completes its offensive half of an
inning when all members of the team have batted. If one (1) team has more players
that the other, the extra players are permitted to bat although any runs scored as a
result of the extra players batting shall NOT count in the score of the game. The
number of players counting for score is the minimum number of players present
or ten (10), whichever is more at game time. All rules applying to the tenth (10th)
batter shall apply to the tenth (10th) batter or to the minimum number of batters.
Each team shall be required to play ten (10) players or the minimum number,
whichever is greater, two (2) complete consecutive innings (six [6] outs on defense).
NOTE: In tournament play, the ten (10) batter rule does NOT APPLY.
VI - BASE RUNNING
  (A) – The base runner shall NOT steal a base.
  (B) – The base runner shall NOT advance on a wild pitch by the pitcher or
a passed ball by the catcher.
  (C) – The base runner shall advance only when a ball has been hit into fair
territory by the batter or when forced to advance by a base on balls and/or a hit
batter or when a fly ball is caught in foul territory.    (D) – If a base runner leaves her base before the pitch reaches the batter, the
base umpire shall signal, “delayed dead ball” to indicate the violation at the time it
occurs. The defensive team shall have the privilege of having nullified any portion
of the play that occurred on the violation.
NOTE: This rule allows a DIXIE ANGELS base runner to leave the base when
the ball reaches the batter but does not allow her to steal a base.
NOTE: If any outfielder is not at the proper distance when the ball is hit, then
the offensive team has the privilege of Rule V (D) of DIXIE ANGELS SPECIFIC
PLAYING RULES. If both the offensive and defensive teams are in error, the ball
is ruled “dead.”
VII – EACH Base runner, INCLUDING THE BATTER/Base runner,
SHALL WITHOUT DANGER OF BEING PUT OUT, ADVANCE:
В В (A) - To home plate, if the batter hits a fair fly ball over the fence or into
the bleachers one hundred forty feet (140’) or more from home plate, provided all
base runners touch all bases legally. (Application of this rule is subject to Rule V
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of DIXIE ANGELS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES). The batter hitting the home
run shall be required to run the bases and she shall be required to touch all bases.
В В NOTE: DIXIE SOFTBALL recommends that the home run fence be placed
at a distance of one hundred sixty feet (160’) from home plate.
  (B) – Two (2) bases if the batter hits a fair fly that passes over a fence less
than one hundred forty fee (140’) from home plate. The ball is dead.
  (C) – Two (2) bases if a fair ball touches a spectator or if it bounces into a
stand outside the first or third base foul lines or if it goes through or under a fence,
scoreboard, etc., or bounces over a fence.
  (D) – The batter that receives a base on balls must stop at first base. All other
base runners may advance only if they are forced to do so. NOTE: Rule VI (D)
does NOT remove the two (2) base rule that is applied in Rule IV (E) of DIXIE
ANGELS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES.
  (E) – The infield fly rule applies.
VIII – PITCHING RULES
  (A) – A pitcher shall not pitch more than seven (7) innings between Monday
through the following Sunday night except that in a tie game at the end of five (5)
innings the starting pitcher may pitch the sixth (6th) inning except as described in Rule
VII (E) of DIXIE ANGELS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES. Under no condition shall
a pitcher pitch in more than five (5) innings in one (1) game except as noted above.
NOTE: The extra inning rule does not apply to a starting pitcher who was removed
from and returned to the mound in the same game, regardless of which inning she
returned. Once a starting pitcher is removed from the mound in a game she will
be allowed only five (5) innings in which to pitch in that game.
NOTE: The pitcher shall be charged only for the innings pitched. If a pitcher does
not have to pitch the bottom half of an inning she is NOT charged for that inning.
В В (B) - A pitcher removed from the mound shall be allowed to return to the
mound one (1) time is the same game. NOTE: To satisfy this rule it will be ruled
if a pitcher returns to the mound in the same inning of a game in which she was
removed she shall be credited with pitching in ONLY one (1) inning for the inning
in which she was removed.
  (C) – (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION 1) After four (4) batters have walked in an
inning, the offensive team’s manager or coach comes in to pitch for the rest of the
inning. Present coach-pitch rules that appear in the DIXIE DARLINGS SPECIFIC
PLAYING RULES will apply to satisfy this rule.
NOTE: A hit batter does not count as a walk
NOTE: A pitcher removed from the mound under this rule may return to the
mound in the next inning and may continue to pitch until such time her coach
removes her for circumstances other than what is covered in this rule.
NOTE: If either of these LOCAL LEAGUE OPTIONS are adopted, the eight foot
(8’) RADIUS circle shall be drawn around the forty feet (40’) pitcher’s plate distance.
NOTE: In DIXIE ANGELS tournament play, pitching machines and coachpitchers shall NOT be used.
(D) – (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION 2) Each time a player/pitcher issues four (4)
balls to a batter, the batter will NOT receive a base on balls. Instead, the offensive
team’s manager or coach comes in to pitch three (3) pitches to the batter. NOTE:
If a batter fouls the third (3rd) pitch she shall continue to bat until she either puts
the ball into play or she strikes out. With the three (3) pitches the batter MUST
either put the ball into play or strike out. After the batter has either successfully
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reached base or made an out, the removed player-pitcher will resume pitching to the
next scheduled batter or a new player-pitcher can be brought in to play the pitcher
position. NOTE: Present coach-pitch rules that appear in the DIXIE DARLINGS
SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES will apply to satisfy this rule.
(E) – Innings pitched in games declared “no contest: shall count.
  (F) – In a series or single game played in a local league or between two (2)
teams in a regional play-off that is decided by a best of three (3) series, or played
under the double elimination tournament bracket or by a single game play-off, a
pitcher shall pitch in only five (5) innings or six (6) innings in the case she is the
starting pitcher. This may be a series to determine a first or second half winner in
the event two (2) or more teams are tied at the end of either half, or in a series
between first and second half winners to determine league champion. All pitchers
shall be eligible to pitch in such a series or play-off.
NOTE: This rule allows a pitcher to pitch in only five (5) innings of a regular
season game(s) and five (5) innings of a championship game(s) during a week
with the exception of Rule VII (A) which allows a starting pitcher an extra inning
in case of tie games.
EXAMPLE A: A pitcher pitches five (5) innings of a regular season game on
Monday. She then pitches five (5) innings in a league championship game on
Thursday of the same week. This is legal.
EXAMPLE B: A pitcher pitches five (5) innings in a regular season game on
Monday. She then pitches five (5) innings in a league championship game on
Thursday and she then pitches five (5) innings in a regular season game on Friday
of the same week. This is illegal.
All other local league rules shall apply and protest shall be handled according
to Tournament Rule XI.
  (G) – In exhibition games a pitcher shall be allowed to pitch three (3) additional
innings, or a total of nine (9) innings for the week at one time during the season.
  (H) – THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ABOVE RULES SHALL BE
WITH THE MANAGERS OF THE COMPETING TEAMS BUT THE OFFICIAL
SCOREKEEPER IS DIRECTED TO NOTIFY THE MANAGER, WHENEVER
POSSIBLE, TO PREVENT A VIOLATION AND A PROTESTED GAME.
DIXIE ANGELS
X-play
 (Ages 10 years and younger) 
(Preferred ages 9 and 10)
SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES
NOTE: DIXIE ANGELS TRADITIONAL SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES SHALL
APPLY IN ALL DIXIE ANGELS X-play UNLESS OTHERWISE CHANGED BY
THE FOLLOWING RULES.
I – BASERUNNING
  (A) – If a base runner leaves her base before the pitch reaches the batter,
the base umpire shall signal “delayed dead ball” to indicate the violation at time it
occurs. The defensive team shall have the privilege of having nullified any portion
of the play that occurred on the violation.
(B) Base runners may steal any base including home.
В (C) Base runners may steal only one (1) base at a time and will NOT be al79
lowed to advance any further on passed balls, wild pitches or overthrows.
В (D) On a base on balls, the batter/base runner MUST stop at first (1st) base.
All other base runners advance one (1) base only if they are forced to because of the
base on balls. NOTE: If a base runner was in the process of stealing a base when
the batter was issued a base on balls, the base runner must return to the last base she
legally occupied unless forced to advance.
В (E) Base runners cannot advance on throw backs to the pitcher, any other
player or a coach. NOTE: To satisfy this rule, if, in the opinion of the umpire, a throw
is made to a fielder in order to try and pick off a base runner or throws the ball behind
the base runner these will be NOT considered as throw backs. If the base runner is
caught off her base she has to try and get back to the last base she legally occupied
or advance to the next base if it is unoccupied. NOTE: Other base runners cannot advance when the catcher or any other fielder attempts to throw out a base runner who
is attempting to steal second (2nd) base, third (3rd) base or home plate. EXAMPLE:
With base runners on first (1st) and third (3rd) base the base runner on first (1st) base
tries to steal second (2nd) base and the catcher throws the ball to second (2nd) base
trying to throw out the base runner coming from first (1st) base. EFFECT: The base
runner on third cannot advance under any reason. SPECIAL NOTE: For years
coaches and leagues have wanted the DIXIE ANGELS to be allowed to steal
bases. In 2012, Dixie Softball decided to allow stealing in the DIXIE ANGELS.
However, Dixie Softball knew that in order for the catcher to learn how to throw
out base runners or try to pick off base runners, the catcher should be able to do
so without fear of losing a game or making an error. It was decided by Dixie Softball, Inc., knowing how coaches are, that unless the catcher could throw the ball
without fear of base runners advancing the coaches would tell the catcher NOT
to throw the ball. This would lead to the catcher NOT learning how to throw the
ball to a base in an attempt to get a base runner out which in turn would negate
the reason for allowing stealing in the first place for DIXIE ANGELS.
В (F) (REGULAR SEASON ONLY) If the third (3rd) out is made on a base runner when the tenth (10th) batter is at bat, the player who was batting when the third
(3rd) out was made will be the first (1st) batter the following inning. (G) If the catcher of record is on base with two (2) outs a coach has the option
of putting in a courtesy runner for the catcher. The courtesy runner will be the player
who made the second (2nd) out in the inning.
DIXIE PONYTAILS
TRADITIONAL
(Ages 12 years and younger)
(Preferred ages 11 and 12) 
SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES
I — THE PLAYING FIELD
(A) —Baselines shall be: sixty feet (60’) in length.
(B) — The distance from the front side of the pitcher’s plate to the point
of home plate shall be forty feet (40’).
(C) — The distance from the point of home plate to the center of second base
and from first base to third base shall be: eighty-four feet and ten inches (84’ 10”).
(D) — The batter’s box will measure six feet (6’) by three feet (3’). The
batter’s box will be measured four inches (4”) out from the side edge of home plate
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and from the center of home plate the batter’s box will be measured with three feet
(3’) extending toward the pitcher’s plate and three feet (3’) extending toward the
backstop.
II — IT SHALL BE A REGULATION GAME WHEN:
(A) —Both teams have completed six (6) innings, and the visiting team has
scored more runs than the home team.
(B) —The home team has scored more runs after five (5) innings than the
visiting team has scored in six (6) innings.
(C) —The home team scores the winning run in the last half of the sixth
(6th) inning before the third (3rd) out. If a batter in the last half of the final inning
of a game hits a home run and the ball goes out of play, all runners on base and
the batter shall be entitled to score, but all bases shall be touched in order.
(D) —After the end of six (6) innings with the score tied, play is continued
until one team has scored more runs than the other in an equal number of innings.
If after the home team scores the winning run before the third (3rd) out in any
extra inning, the game shall be ended.
EXCEPTION: When a team is ten (10) runs ahead after three (3) complete innings of play and the game is called because of darkness, rain or any other cause,
it shall be a legal game and the team ahead shall be the winner.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reasons before they
become regulation games shall be resumed from the point of termination.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reasons other than a
time limit after they have become regulation games shall revert to the score of the
last completed inning.
NOTE: This rule will also apply to league championship games
(E) —Games shortened by reason of curfew, rain or other acts of God shall
be regulation games provided both teams have played four (4) or more complete
innings of play or, in the case of the home team, anytime it is ahead after three and
one-half (3ВЅ) innings of play. Pitchers shall only be charged for innings actually
pitched.
(F) —(LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A game shall be considered a regulation
game when a team is ahead by ten (10) runs after both teams have played four
(4) innings, or in the case of the home team, anytime it is ahead after three and
one-half (3ВЅ) innings of play.
NOTE: Both teams must have an equal opportunity with the same number of
innings at bat. Runs scored by the visiting team in the top half of an inning do not
count until the home team has had its opportunity to bat in the bottom half of that
inning unless the home team manager wishes to concede.
III — IT IS A REGULATION TIE GAME WHEN:
(A) —The score is even after four (4) or more complete innings.
(B) —After three and one-half (3½) or more innings, the home team is at
bat and has scored enough runs to make the score even and the game is called.
(C) —Tie games shall be replayed from the beginning or from the exact
point of termination at the discretion of the local league. Pitchers shall be subject
to regular eligibility rules, and under no condition shall they pitch in more innings
than allowed by Pitching Rule VIII of DIXIE PONYTAILS SPECIFIC PLAYING
RULES.
NOTE: This rule does not give a pitcher extra eligibility of innings because she
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did not possibly use up her eligible innings in the week on which the original tie
game was stopped.
(D) —Any game which does not meet any of the conditions noted above
shall be declared “no contest” and shall be replayed from the beginning.
NOTE: Refer to Rule IV below for exception.
IV — League championships decided by one (1) game shall be played to a
conclusion, regardless of the score or inning, unless the team behind wishes to
concede. The game, if suspended, shall be completed at the earliest possible date
and shall be played from the point of termination.
V — THE GAME, OFFENSE
(A) —The catcher shall NOT be required to catch the third (3rd) strike,
except for a foul tip. The batter shall be out and all base runners advance at their
own risk.
(C) —The offensive team will be made up of the entire team roster.
NOTE: If a team has fifteen (15) players registered on its team roster, and all
fifteen (15) players show up for a game, then all fifteen (15) players shall be listed
on the batting order, and will bat their turn whether they are playing defense or not.
EXCEPTION: In the case of injury or illness, the injured or ill player shall miss
her turn at bat, with no penalty, said player shall not be allowed to re-enter the
game in which she became injured or ill.
REMEMBER: ALL PLAYERS MUST PLAY AT LEAST SIX (6) CONSECUTIVE OUTS ON DEFENSE.
VI — BASE RUNNING
(A) — If a base runner leaves her base before the pitch reaches the batter,
the base umpire shall signal “delayed dead ball” to indicate the violation at the
time it occurs. The defensive team shall have the privilege of having nullified any
portion of the play that occurred on the violation.
VII — EACH Base runner, INCLUDING THE BATTER/Base runner, SHALL WITHOUT DANGER OF BEING PUT OUT, ADVANCE:
(A) —To home plate, if the batter hits a fair fly ball over the fence or into
the bleachers one hundred and sixty feet (160’) or more from home plate, provided
all base runners touch all bases legally. (Application of this rule is subject to Rule
VI (A) of DIXIE PONYTAILS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES). The batter hitting
the home run shall be required to run the bases and she shall be required to touch
all bases.
NOTE: DIXIE SOFTBALL recommends that the home run fence be placed at
a distance of one hundred and eighty feet (180’) from home plate.
(B) —Two (2) bases if the batter hits a fair fly ball that passes over a fence
less than (DIXIE ANGELS) one hundred forty feet (140’) and (DIXIE PONYTAILS)
one hundred and sixty feet (160’) from home plate. The ball is dead.
(C) —Two (2) bases if a fair ball touches a spectator or if it bounces into a
stand outside the first or third base foul lines or if it goes through or under a fence,
scoreboard, etc., or bounces over a fence.
(D) —The infield fly rules applies.
VIII — PITCHING RULES
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(A) —A pitcher shall not pitch more than eight (8) innings between Monday
through the following Sunday night except that in a tie game at the end of six (6)
innings the starting pitcher may pitch the seventh (7th) inning except as described
in Rule VIII (E) of DIXIE PONYTAILS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES. Under no
condition shall a pitcher pitch in more than six (6) innings in one (1) game except
as noted above.
NOTE: The extra inning rule does not apply to a starting pitcher who was removed
from and returned to the mound in the same game, regardless of which inning she
re turned. Once a starting pitcher is removed from the mound in a game she will
be allowed only six (6) innings in which to pitch in that game.
NOTE: The pitcher shall be charged only for the innings pitched. If a pitcher does
not have to pitch the bottom half of an inning she is NOT charged for that inning.
(B) —A pitcher removed from the mound shall be allowed to return to the
mound one (1) time in the same game. NOTE: To satisfy this rule it will be ruled
that if a pitcher returns to the mound in the same inning of a game in which she
was removed she shall be credited with pitching in ONLY one (1) inning for the
inning in which she was removed.
(C) —Innings pitched in games declared “no contest” shall count.
(D) —In a series or single game played in a local league or between two (2)
teams in a regional play-off that is decided by a best of three (3) series, or played
under the double elimination tournament bracket or by a single game play-off, a
pitcher shall pitch in only six (6) or seven (7) innings in the case she is the starting
pitcher. This may be a series to determine a first or second half winner in the event
two (2) or more teams are tied at the end of either half, or in a series between first
and second half winners to determine league champion. All such games shall be
played to a conclusion unless the team behind wishes to concede. All pitchers shall
be eligible to pitch in such a series or playoff.
NOTE: This rule allows a pitcher to pitch in only six (6) innings of a regular season
game(s) and six (6) innings of a championship game(s) during a week with the exception
of rule VIII (A) which allows a starting pitcher an extra inning in case of tie games.
EXAMPLE A: A pitcher pitches six (6) innings in a regular season game on
Monday. She then pitches six (6) innings in a league championship game on Thursday
of the same week. This is legal.
EXAMPLE B: A pitcher pitches six (6) innings in a regular season game on
Monday. She then pitches six (6) innings in a league championship game on
Thursday and she then pitches six (6) innings in a regular season game on Friday
of the same week. This is illegal.
All other local league rules shall apply and protest shall be handled according
to Tournament Rule XI.
(E) —In exhibition games a pitcher shall be allowed to pitch three (3) additional innings, or a total of eleven (11) innings for the week at one time during
the season.
(F) —THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ABOVE RULES SHALL BE
WITH THE MANAGERS OF THE COMPETING TEAMS BUT THE OFFICIAL
SCOREKEEPER IS DIRECTED TO NOTIFY THE MANAGER, WHENEVER
POSSIBLE, TO PREVENT A VIOLATION AND A PROTESTED GAME.
DIXIE PONYTAILS
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(Ages 12 years and younger)
(Preferred ages 11 and 12) 
SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES
NOTE: DIXIE PONYTAILS TRADITIONAL SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES
SHALL APPLY IN ALL DIXIE PONYTAILS X-play UNLESS OTHERWISE
CHANGED BY THE FOLLOWING RULES.
I — THE PLAYING FIELD
 (A) - The batter’s box will measure seven feet (7’) by three feet (3’). The batter’s box will be measured four inches (4”) out from the side edge of home plate and
from the center of home plate the batter’s box will be measured with four feet (4’) extending toward the pitcher’s plate and three feet (3’) extending toward the backstop.
II - THE GAME, OFFENSE (A) – The catcher shall not be required to catch the third (3rd) strike, except
for a foul tip, if first base is occupied with less than two (2) outs. The batter is called
out and all base runners advance at their own risk.
(B) – The catcher shall be required to catch the third (3rd) strike when there
are two (2) outs or when first base is unoccupied. The batter may advance to first base
with liability to being put out, either by the catcher touching the batter with the ball
or throwing the ball to first base for the put out, if the catcher missed the third (3rd)
strike. All other base runners advance at their own risk with liability to being put out.
EXAMPLE A: The third (3rd) strike is not caught by the catcher with two (2)
outs in the inning and a runner on third base. The batter runs toward first base but the
catcher does not throw the ball to first base nor touches the batter with the ball, the
runner at third stays on third and does not try to advance. RULING: The batter is safe
at first base and the counts remains at two (2) outs.
EXAMPLE B: The catcher does not catch the third (3rd) strike with two (2)
outs and the bases loaded. The catcher does not throw the ball to any base but home
plate with the ball in her possession. RULING: The base runner at third is out because
it became a force play.
NOTE: To make this rule applicable a missed third (3rd) strike shall be judged
as a ball that either, passed by the catcher, was dropped by the catcher or hit the
ground before reaching the catcher.  III – BASE RUNNING
(A) – If a base runner leaves her base before the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand
on the delivery to the batter, the base runner shall be called OUT. The pitch shall be
declared a “no pitch.” The ball is dead and no base runners shall advance.
(B) - If the catcher of record is on base with two (2) outs a coach has the option
of putting in a courtesy runner for the catcher. The courtesy runner will be the player
who made the second (2nd) out in the inning.
DIXIE BELLES
(Ages 15 years and younger)
(preferred ages 13-15)
and
DIXIE DEBS
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(Ages 18 years and younger)
(preferred ages 16-18)
SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES
I — THE PLAYING FIELD
(A) —Baselines shall be sixty feet (60’) in length.
(B) — The distance from the front side of the pitcher’s plate to the point
of home plate shall be forty-three feet (43’).
(C) — The distance from the point of home plate to the center of second base
and from first base to third base shall be eighty-four feet and ten inches (84’ 10”).
(D) – The batter’s box will measure seven feet (7’) by three feet (3’). The batter’s box will be measured four inches (4”) out from the side edge of home plate and
from the center of home plate the batter’s box will be measured with four feet (4’)
extending toward the pitcher’s plate and three feet (3’) extending toward the backstop.
II — IT SHALL BE A REGULATION GAME WHEN:
(A) — Both teams have completed seven (7) innings, and the visiting team
has scored more runs than the home team.
(B) — The home team has scored more runs after six (6) innings than the
visiting team has scored in seven (7) innings.
(C) — The home team scores the winning run in the last half of the seventh
(7th) inning before the third (3rd) out. If a batter in the last half of the final inning
of a game hits a home run and the ball goes out of play, all runners on base and
the batter shall be entitled to score, but all bases shall be touched in order.
(D) — After the end of seven (7) innings with the score tied, play is continued until one team has scored more runs than the other in an equal number of
innings. If the home team scores the winning run before the third (3rd) out in any
extra inning, the game shall be ended.
EXCEPTION: When a team is ten (10) runs ahead after four (4) complete innings of play and the game is called because of darkness, rain or any other cause,
it shall be a legal game and the team ahead shall be the winner.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reason before they
become regulation shall be resumed from the point of termination.
NOTE: Games called because of rain, darkness or other reasons other than a
time limit after they have become regulation games shall revert to the score of the
last completed inning.
NOTE: This rule will also apply to league championship games.
(E) — Games shortened by reason of curfew, rain or other acts of God shall be
regulation games provided both teams have played five (5) or more complete innings
of play or, in the case of the home team, anytime it is ahead after four and one-half
(4ВЅ) innings of play. Pitchers shall only be charged for innings actually pitched.
(F) — (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) A game shall be considered a regulation
game when a team is ahead by ten (10) runs after both teams have played five (5)
innings, or in the case of the home team, anytime it is ahead after four and one-half
(4ВЅ) innings of play.
NOTE: Both teams must have an equal opportunity with the same number of
innings at bat. Runs scored by the visiting team in the top half of an inning do not
count until the home team has had its opportunity to bat in the bottom half of that
inning unless the home team wishes to concede.
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III — IT IS A REGULATION TIE GAME WHEN:
(A) — The score is even after five (5) or more complete innings.
(B) — After four and one-half (4½) or more innings, the home team is at
bat and has scored enough runs to make the score even and the game is called.
(C) — Tie games shall be replayed from the beginning or from the exact
point of termination at the discretion of the local league. Pitchers shall be subject
to regular eligibility rules, and under no condition shall they pitch in more innings
than allowed by Pitching Rule VIII of DIXIE BELLES and DIXIE DEBS SPECIFIC
PLAYING RULES.
NOTE: This rule does not give a pitcher extra eligibility of innings because she
did not possibly use up her eligible innings in the week in which the original tie
game was stopped.
IV — League championships decided by one (1) game shall be played to a
conclusion, regardless of the score or inning, unless the team behind wishes to
concede. The game, if suspended, shall be completed at the earliest possible date
and shall be played from the point of termination.
V — THE GAME, OFFENSE
(A) — The catcher shall not be required to catch the third (3rd) strike, except
for a foul tip, if first base is occupied with less than two (2) outs. The batter is out
and all base runners advance at their own risk.
(B) —The catcher shall be required to catch the third (3rd) strike when there
are two (2) outs or when first base is unoccupied. The batter may advance to first
base with liability to being put out, either by the catcher touching the batter with
the ball or throwing the ball to first base for the put out, if the catcher misses the
third (3rd) strike. All other base runners advance at their own risk with liability to
being put out.
EXAMPLE A: The third (3rd) strike is not caught by the catcher with two (2)
outs in the inning and a runner on third base. The catcher does not throw the ball to first
base nor touches the batter with the ball, the runner at third stays at third and does not
try to advance. RULING: The batter is safe at first and the count remains at two (2) outs.
EXAMPLE B: The catcher does not catch the third (3rd) strike with two (2) outs
and the bases loaded. The catcher does not throw the ball to any base but touches
home plate with the ball in her possession. RULING: The base runner at third is
out because it became a force play.
NOTE: To make this rule applicable a missed third (3rd) strike shall be judged
as a ball that either, passed by the catcher, was dropped by the catcher or hit the
ground before reaching the catcher.
(C) —The offensive team will be made up of the entire team roster.
NOTE: If a team has fifteen (15) players registered on its team roster, and all
fifteen (15) players show up for a game, then all fifteen (15) players shall be listed
on the batting order, and will bat their turn whether they are playing defense or not.
EXCEPTION: In the case of injury or illness, the injured or ill player shall miss
her turn at bat, with no penalty, said player shall not be allowed to re-enter the
game in which she became injured or ill.
REMEMBER: ALL PLAYERS MUST PLAY AT LEAST SIX (6) OUTS ON
DEFENSE.
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VI — BASE RUNNING
(A) — If a base runner leaves her base before the ball leaves the pitcher’s
hand on the delivery to the batter, the base runner shall be called OUT. The pitch
shall be declared a “no pitch.” The ball is dead and no base runners shall advance.
(B) — If the catcher of record is on base with two (2) outs a coach has the
option of putting in a courtesy runner for the catcher. The courtesy runner will be
the player who made the second (2nd) out in the inning.
VII — EACH Base runner, INCLUDING THE BATTER/Base runner, SHALL WITHOUT DANGER OF BEING PUT OUT, ADVANCE:
(A) —To home plate, if the batter hits a fair fly ball over the fence or into
the bleachers one hundred and eighty feet (180’) or more from home plate, provided
all base runners touch all bases legally. (Application of this rule is subject to Rule
VI (A) of DIXIE BELLES and DIXIE DEBS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES.) The
batter hitting the home run shall be required to run the bases and she shall be
required to touch all bases.
NOTE: DIXIE SOFTBALL recommends that the home run fence be placed at
a distance of two hundred feet (200’) from home plate.
(B) —Two (2) bases if the batter hits a fair fly ball that passes over a fence
less than one hundred and eighty feet (180’) from home plate. The ball is dead.
(C) —Two (2) bases if a fair ball touches a spectator or if it bounces into
a stand outside the first or third base foul lines or if it goes through or under the
fence, scoreboard, etc., or bounces over a fence.
VIII — PITCHING RULES
(A) — A pitcher shall not pitch more than ten (10) innings between Monday
through the following Sunday night except that in a tie game at the end of seven (7)
innings the starting pitcher may pitch the eighth (8th) inning except as described in
Rule VIII (E) of DIXIE BELLES and DIXIE DEBS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES.
Under no condition shall a pitcher pitch in more than seven (7) innings in one (1)
game except as noted above.
NOTE: The extra inning rule does not apply to a starting pitcher who was removed
from and returned to the mound in the same game, regardless of which inning she
returned. Once a starting pitcher is removed from the mound in a game she will
be allowed only seven (7) innings in which to pitch in that game.
NOTE: The pitcher shall be charged only for the innings pitched. If a pitcher does
not have to pitch the bottom half of an inning she is NOT charged for that inning.
(B) —A pitcher of record removed from the mound shall be allowed to
return to the mound one (1) time in the same game. To satisfy this rule it will be
ruled that if a pitcher returns to the mound in the same inning of a game in which
she was removed she shall be credited with pitching in ONLY one (1) inning for
the inning in which she was removed.
(C) —Innings pitched in games declared “no contest” shall count.
(D) —In a series or single game played in a local league or between two (2)
teams in a regional play-off that is decided by a best of three (3) series, or played
under the double elimination tournament bracket or by a single game play-off, a
pitcher shall pitch in only seven (7) or eight (8) innings in the case she is the starting pitcher. This may be a series to determine a first or second half winner in the
event two (2) or more teams are tied at the end of either half, or in a series between
first and second half winners to determine league champion. All such games shall
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be played to a conclusion unless the team behind wishes to concede. All pitchers
shall be eligible to pitch in such a series or playoff.
NOTE: This rule allows a pitcher to pitch in only seven (7) innings of a regular season
game(s) and seven (7) innings of a championship game(s) during a week with the exception of rule VIII (A) which allows a starting pitcher an extra inning in case of tie games.
EXAMPLE A: A pitcher pitches seven (7) innings in a regular season game on
Monday. She then pitches seven (7) innings in a league championship game on
Thursday of the same week. This is legal.
EXAMPLE B: A pitcher pitches seven (7) innings in a regular season game on
Monday. She then pitches seven (7) innings in a league championship game on
Thursday and she then pitches seven (7) innings in a regular season game on Friday
of the same week. This is illegal.
All other local league rules shall apply and protests shall be handled according
to Tournament Rule XI.
(E) —In exhibition games a pitcher shall be allowed to pitch three (3) additional innings, or a total of thirteen (13) innings for the week at one time during
the season.
(F) —THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ABOVE RULES SHALL BE
WITH THE MANAGERS OF THE COMPETING TEAMS BUT THE OFFICIAL
SCOREKEEPER IS DIRECTED TO NOTIFY THE MANAGER, WHENEVER
POSSIBLE, TO PREVENT A VIOLATION AND A PROTESTED GAME.
Steps Followed to Build a Strong Dixie Softball League
1.  Recruit a group of five, seven or nine individuals who will serve on a Board
of Directors to govern the league’s entire operation. From this group elect a president, one or more vice-presidents, secretary, treasurer, player agent and possibly
a purВ­chasing agent.
2.  Adopt a set of league operation rules and see that everyone who has any
part in the league’s operation has a copy. Such rules should fully cover all areas of
operation and leave no situation uncovered. If everyone connected with the league
knows exactly how the program will be operated much unrest will be avoided.
3.  Assign one person from your league Board of Directors as your “Communications Official” and have this person responsible for all mail that comes to the
league. This person should make sure that all mail is delivered promptly to the
proper official. To make this work the league should secure a permanent mailing
address such as a Post Office Box or maybe a fire station or police station where
they constantly receive mail. So many leagues use the address of an official and when
that person drops out after a season the mail continues to go to his address. Only
when the person will deliver such mail to current league officials will the league be
assured of getting its mail. So a permanent address that will continue year in and
year out regardless of who is in office is an answer. Getting mail promptly is one
of the most important parts of operating a good league and is overlooked so often.
4.  Fund Raising is an important part of many leagues. We suggest that careful
selection be made of methods used in fund raising. Quality products should be used
when “sales” are conducted. The best protection for a league in deciding what groups
are reliable and offer quality products is to stick with the Dixie Softball “Approved
Suppliers” who have been required to qualify as suppliers to our organization. Full
backgrounds on all these firms are available from headquarters.
5.  Make certain that your league is ALWAYS represented at Sub-District, District
and State Meetings. So often leagues fail to attend such meetings and do not take
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part in discussions of matters up for consideration and which will affect their
operation. Dixie Softball is a democratic organization and is run BY AND FOR
THE LEAGUES. Therefore, all leagues should take part in its operations by
attending meetings. These five steps should help a league to be a strong one if
followed. Also the services of District, State and National Directors are available.
Call on them if help is needed.
DIXIE SOFTBALL INCORPORATED
I — THE LEAGUE
(A) — The League shall be the smallest unit of organization and shall be
governed by those active in the program which make up the Managing Personnel,
such as officers, executive committee, team managers, volunteer umpires, sponsors
and player agent, serving as the volunteer operating personnel. The community
aspect of the program should be the goal and be maintained.
(B) —DSI divisions are called DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS,
PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS. A league shall be composed of at least one (1)
and not more than seven (7) teams in any one (1) division of DSI for the first year
of a league’s franchise or when a previously franchised league franchises a division
that they did not franchise the previous year. Thereafter, a league that franchised
either DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS and/or BELLES
division(s) the previous year, MUST franchise at least two (2) and not more than
seven (7) teams in any one (1) of the aforementioned divisions of DSI, depending
upon the conditions within a particular community as long as all players reside
within the established boundary of their league. DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS,
ANGELS and PONYTAILS teams shall play a regular schedule of games and a
total of not less than fifteen (15) games for the season. Leagues may franchise at
least one (1) team and not more than seven (7) teams in the DIXIE DEBS division
depending upon conditions within a particular community as long as all players
reside within the established boundary of their league. DIXIE BELLES and DEBS
teams shall play a regular schedule of games and a total of not less than twelve
(12) games for a season.
NOTE: With special written permission from the President, a league may franchise
less than the required number of teams.
(C) — A two (2), three (3), four (4), five (5), six (6), or seven (7) team league
shall limit its defined boundary to a population of not more than twenty-five thousand
(25,000) total population. Two (2) or more leagues may operate within the same
boundary by agreement of the leagues concerned, but all team managers shall have
equal opportunity in the selection of players. To satisfy the requirement of this rule,
under no circumstance shall any league draw players from more than twenty-five
thousand (25,000) population limit. This prohibits a multi-league organization from
selecting its first (1st) league from its entire player pool, its second (2nd) league from
the players remaining in the players pool after the first league is formed, its third
(3rd) league from the players remaining after the first two (2) leagues are formed,
and so on.
EXAMPLE: A community of fifty thousand (50,000) population fields two (2)
leagues. It picks its top players from the entire fifty thousand (50,000) population
and puts them in one (1) league before it begins assigning players to its second
(2nd) league, thus creating an “A” league and a “B” league effect. This is illegal.
NOTE: Two (2) leagues operating within the same boundary shall have a combined
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population of no more than fifty thousand (50,000), three (3) leagues, operating within
the same boundary shall have a combined population of no more than seventy-five
thousand (75,000), and so on up.
(D) — Small nearby towns unable to field a league within their own territory
limits shall be permitted to form two (2), three (3), four (4), five (5), six (6), or
seven (7) team leagues provided the combined population does not exceed twentyfive thousand (25,000).
EXCEPTION: The President, with the consent and approval of the Commissioners
and the State Director and the National Board Members within the state, shall be
empowered to make exceptions for justifiable reasons to the boundary population
limit as stated above. Exceptions, however, shall be on file at the President’s office
prior to the beginning of the local league season and the request for the exception
shall be made with the approval of the District and State Directors.
NOTE: The DIXIE BELLES and DEBS shall not be governed by population
within a league’s boundary but by the confines of the league’s boundary with final
approval coming from the president of DSI with approval from the proper state
director and district director.
NOTE: If a program franchises DIXIE BELLES and DEBS only, that program will
be subject to the population limit rule set forth by DSI in this rule guide.
NOTE: When two (2) or more leagues combine to form a division(s), in order
to be able to acquire a franchise in a particular division(s), they will be required
to continue the combining of these division(s) in such manner until each league
that is affected by the combining can franchise their own division(s), if so desired.
(E) — No new league shall be franchised in the territory of an existing league
or leagues. Organizations franchised with Dixie Softball the previous year shall
always have first refusal of franchising in succeeding years except as noted below:
NOTE: When two (2) or more leagues operate within the same defined boundaries
and DO NOT HAVE A COMMON SET OF LEAGUE OFFICERS the leagues may
operate within the same boundary by written agreement of the leagues concerned,
the district and state directors and the written agreement is on file with the district
and state director.
EXCEPTION: Under certain circumstances, the renewal of a franchise may be
denied if it is the unanimous opinion of (1) the State Director, (2) all members of the
Board of Directors of Dixie Softball from the state, and (3) the District Director of
the district in which the league plays, that it is for the best interest of DSI within the
particular state that the existing organization not be franchised for the current year
and they each sign a statement to this effect setting out the reasons therefore and
provided that team membership shall not form a basis for not franchising.
In case the President of DSI does not approve the disfranchising of the league or
if he revokes a league’s franchise, the President of DSI shall appoint a committee
to investigate the matter and make a final decision.
EXCEPTION: In the case of a request for a new league which is located in an area
already claimed by a franchised league but the existing league has made no effort
to provide a program for the new group, the State Director with the approval of the
District Director and the National Directors in that state may allow the new league
to be franchised.
NOTE: This will only apply in cases where an existing league is obviously preventing a new league from entering Dixie Softball.
(F) — League boundary maps showing total population figures shall be on
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file with the President, State Director and District Director prior to the playing of
the first game on the schedule. An up-dated copy of this map with new population
figures is to be provided to each of these officials with franchise renewal forms each
tenth (10th) year or at any time the boundaries may be changed. Boundaries for any
new league or alterations to existing boundaries must be approved by the District
Director and the State Director.
(G) — A franchised league shall be one which meets all qualifications of
DSI and which is granted a certificate of franchise by the President of DSI. The
franchise fee shall be: $15.00 for each DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS,
PONYTAILS, BELLES, and DEBS team to be mailed to the national office. All
leagues shall pay the same franchise fee amount and no exceptions shall be granted.
NOTE: If different age divisions or styles of play are joined together in a league
in order to have enough teams to play games, the national franchise fees will be
charged according to how many teams there are for each combined age division.
EXAMPLE A: If a league combines its DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS
or combines its DIXIE PONYTAILS TRADITIONAL and X-play players together
and come up with four (4) teams in each, the national fees will be $60.00 for four
(4) DIXIE SWEETEES teams and $60.00 for four (4) DIXIE DARLINGS teams
or $60.00 for four DIXIE PONYTAILS TRADITIONAL teams and $60.00 for four
DIXIE PONYTAILS X-play teams. A total of $120.00 would be due in national
fees for each example.
State fees shall be $25.00 per division (not team). Divisions are defined as: DIXIE
SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS. There may
be from one (1) to seven (7) teams in a division but only a $25.00 fee per division
is required regardless of how many teams are in a division.
NOTE: All fees (national and state) are to be mailed to the national office.
NOTE: If different age divisions are joined together in a league in order to have
enough teams to play games, the state fees will be charged according to the number
of divisions a league wishes to have participating in tournament play.
EXAMPLE: If a league combines its DIXIE ANGELS and PONYTAILS players
together and want to have a DIXIE ANGELS and a DIXIE PONYTAILS tournament
team the state fees will be: $25.00 for the DIXIE ANGELS division and $25.00
for the DIXIE PONYTAILS division. A total of $50.00 would be due in state fees.
NOTE: Any legitimate request for national or state fee refund MUST be made by
May 1 of the current year.
II — LEAGUE ORGANIZATION/INSURANCE
(A) — Each league or group of leagues shall adopt a set of rules and regulations for the operation of the league or leagues.
(B) — Dixie Softball recognizes that, in communities where there are two (2)
or more leagues, it may be advisable to have one set of officers and the same rules
and regulations. This is optional, and shall be determined by the various leagues.
The operation of more than one (1) league with the same officers shall be agreed
upon by a majority of the community representatives of the various leagues.
(C) — DSI recommends bonding of any league official(s) who have financial
responsibility within the league.
(D) — All leagues should have adequate accidental and liability insurance
in place before it starts its operations for the current season.
.(E) — For complete Dixie Softball, Inc. rules and regulations concerning
insurance go to: softball.dixie.org.
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III — TEAMS
(A) — Each team shall consist of a maximum of fifteen (15) uniformed
players whose names shall be registered with the League President not later than
five (5) days prior to the first regularly scheduled game of the league season.
Team membership shall be within the sole discretion of each league, provided
such membership shall not be in conflict with the Constitution, Rules and By-Laws
of Dixie Softball.
(B) — A team roster shall be composed of only players who are of the
correct division age.
NOTE: Division age is that age attained by a player prior to January 1 of the
season in question.
EXAMPLE A: A player who is thirteen (13) years of age on or before December
31, shall have a division age of thirteen (13).
EXAMPLE B: A player who is thirteen (13) years of age on or after January 1,
shall have a division age of twelve (12).
(C) — A player’s name shall appear on no more than one (1) season team roster
and/or division season team roster in Dixie Softball play.
EXCEPTION: Any league that has to combine two (2) or more of its divisions in
order to have enough teams to play a schedule may list players of different divisions
on a single Season Team Roster with the approval of their district and state directors.
NOTE: The age divisions that are included in a combined Season Team Roster
should be designated as to the divisions involved.
EXAMPLE: If a league has to combine its DIXIE BELLES and DEBS age players together to form a team(s) all players shall be listed on the Season Team Roster
for the team on which they play. The Season Team Roster would be designated as
both a DIXIE BELLES and DEBS Season Team Roster. For tournament affidavits,
a roster combined of DIXIE BELLES and DEBS players would allow those players
of DIXIE BELLES age to be eligible for DIXIE BELLES tournament play and
those players of DIXIE DEBS age to be eligible for DIXIE DEBS tournament play.
If, after selecting a DIXIE DEBS tournament team, there are not enough players
of DIXIE DEBS age to fill a Tournament Affidavit (twelve [12] players) a league that
combined divisions to form a team(s) may select players from the DIXIE BELLES
age division to play on the DIXIE DEBS tournament team as long as those DIXIE
BELLES players selected are not listed on another DSI Tournament Affidavit and
all DIXIE DEBS age players have been exhausted.
NOTE: Leagues that combine styles of play to make teams shall follow the same
Season Team Roster procedures as combining age divisions.
NOTE: Season Team Rosters only, may be computer print-outs provided that the
information on the Season Team Roster conforms with the layout of the Season
Team Roster form that is provided by DSI.
(D) —Local league officials shall adopt their own rules in regard to the
replacement of players on team rosters.
NOTE: League officials shall not allow managers to drop players from their
rosters without cause regardless of the playing ability of the player. Reasons for
replacement of players shall include moving out of a community, sickness or injury,
disciplinary measures, failure of the player to attend practice or games and safety
precautions. The reason for replacement of players shall be included in a written
statement by the team manager filed with league officials.
NOTE: Any league franchising an age division but who excludes a particular
age group and/or girls with lesser playing ability from within the preferred ages
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of that division from their current DSI Season Team Roster shall not be allowed
to franchise that division until all the girls of the preferred ages of that division
who registered with the league during the current year are placed on a sanctioned
Dixie Softball team.
IV — PLAYER AGE LIMIT AND BIRTH CERTIFICATE
(A) — Age Limits:
DIXIE SWEETEES — Anyone whose seventh (7th) birthday falls on or after
January 1 of the current calendar year shall be eligible to compete in and complete
the current DIXIE SWEETEES season.
DIXIE DARLINGS — Anyone whose ninth (9th) birthday falls on or after January 1 of the current calendar year shall be eligible to compete in and complete the
current DIXIE DARLINGS season.
DIXIE ANGELS — Anyone whose eleventh (11th) birthday falls on or after
January 1 of the current calendar year shall be eligible to compete in and complete
the current DIXIE ANGELS season.
DIXIE PONYTAILS — Anyone whose thirteenth (13th) birthday falls on or after
January 1 of the current calendar year shall be eligible to compete in and complete
the current DIXIE PONYTAILS season.
DIXIE BELLES Anyone whose sixteenth (16th) birthday falls on or after January 1 of the current calendar year shall be eligible to compete in and complete the
current DIXIE BELLES season.
DIXIE DEBS — Anyone whose nineteenth (19th) birthday falls on or after January 1 of the current calendar year shall be eligible to compete in and complete the
current DIXIE DEBS season.
(B) — Dates of birth of players shall be certified by birth or baptismal
certificate, driver’s license or other legally accepted proof of age to a designated
league official prior to the league’s first regularly scheduled game. All birth and
baptismal records shall be signed. A photo static copy shall be acceptable if signed
by proper authorities as a true copy of the birth record.
All players shall provide their league officials with proof of ages. Such proof
of age shall be the same as described above. Upon approval of this proof of age,
the district director shall furnish a Dixie Softball “Certification of Birth Record”
giving the player’s date of birth, name, current address, league and date issued. This
form shall be signed by the district director and a copy shall be held by him. The
original shall be given to the league, which shall hold it as a permanent record of
birth. Should the player change leagues, the form shall be forwarded to any new
league upon request of the parents. These forms shall be provided to the district
director by DSI. After such a certificate is once issued no further evidence of birth
record shall be required for any reason in Dixie Softball for the remaining time
of participation in the program. This form shall be used in lieu of any other birth
record and only in the case of fraud shall it be invalid. In lieu of the Dixie Softball
certificate a certified birth certificate may be used.
The accomplishment of these “Certification of Birth Record” forms furnished
by DSI shall be a matter of LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION but each league president
shall be held responsible for seeing that no player in his league is over age, and
that records of proof of age are available upon request.
V — BOUNDARIES
(A) — Each league shall determine the actual boundary from which it will select
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its players. This boundary shall be marked on a map showing total population within
the boundary and up-to-date copies of this map shall be on file with the district and
state directors and with the national office. New leagues establishing boundaries and
old leagues altering their boundaries shall have the approval of their district director
prior to such establishing of a new league’s boundary or a change in the old league’s
boundary.
NOTE: A league’s boundary line must be contiguous and cannot be spot, lasso,
etc., style zoning.
(B) — When two (2) or more leagues operate within the same defined
boundary and HAVE A COMMON SET OF LEAGUE OFFICERS AND FOLLOW
THE SUPERVISION OF ONE (1) PLAYER AGENT IN PLAYER SELECTION,
the following shall determine the placement of players:
(1)  (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION) When a player goes into another age division she will be put into an open draft and will remain in the league she is drafted
in for the remainder of her eligibility in that particular age division.
(2)  All new players will be placed in a pool and ALL managers (all leagues)
MUST have equal opportunity in the selection of these players.
(C) — The Board of Directors of DSI gives to each league and to players
accepted by the league the right to continue as a player anyone whose residence
changes after she becomes a member of the league and/or who lives outside of the
league’s boundaries because of a revision of such boundaries, even though then
residing in the territory of another league.
(D) — Players who are members of a league shall remain the property of
the league unless otherwise provided for in these rules or unless their permanent
address moves them to a location where they can no longer play in the former
league. In this case, they shall be allowed to register in the nearest league where
they are eligible.
(E) — Any league that accepts a player who resides within the boundary of
another league, shall immediately return the player to the league in whose boundary
she resides upon the discovery of the error in registration.
Anyone residing outside the boundary of a franchised league of Dixie Softball
will not be allowed to participate in Dixie Softball. DSI wants as many girls
playing Dixie Softball as possible but will not allow a child from an area that does
not offer Dixie Softball to participates in its program. This protects the integrity of
a league’s boundary. By allowing leagues to go outside their boundary into areas
not offering Dixie Softball would allow a league to go beyond the population
restrictions that govern DSI play. Players who are from an area that does not offer
Dixie Softball MUST be removed from the league. Students attending college, at
a location other than where she normally resides, within the boundary area of a
franchised league must be a resident of that area before they can participate in Dixie
Softball. Residence of a student will be determined by the location of where she is
a registered voter and/or the resident address that appears on her driver’s license.
EXAMPLE: If a girl from Covington, Tennessee, and a girl from Brooksville,
Florida, attend college in Radford, Virginia, they cannot play Dixie Softball for the
Radford league unless they move the location of where they are registered to vote
to their addresses in Radford.
EXCEPTIONS: Rule V (B,C,D) and rule VI (C and D). The penalty for violation
of this rule shall be loss of tournament rights.
NOTE: The National Board of Directors has directed the State Directors to rigidly
enforce the rules regarding boundaries, population, numbers of teams per league, etc.
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(F) — Boundary population shall be determined by the latest census and not by
statistics.
VI — SELECTION OF PLAYERS
(A) — Each league shall determine its own method for the selection of players
for team roster. However, any system used shall be under the direction of a player
agent, who shall see that all teams have equal opportunity in the selection of all players.
Dixie Softball recommends that much care be taken in the selection of the individual to fill the position of player agent. Leagues should also be encouraged to
charge an assigned draft pick when children of managers are allowed to play for
the parent. Assistant coaches with children should not be assigned until after the
player assignments are made. If a parent wants to serve as an assistant for the team
on which his child plays, he should follow the child, not the child following the
parent’s assignment. This is to prevent the recruiting of assistants for the purpose
of getting a specific player. NOTE: The President of DSI shall furnish suggested
player selection systems upon request by the league’s president.
(B)— Those who do not register in time to participate in the player selection
system shall be ineligible, with these exceptions:
(1) any who were sick,
(2) injured, or
(3) any who became new permanent residents of the community after the
selection. Those who were sick or injured shall have their disabilities confirmed
by a physician’s notarized affidavit. A new resident arriving after the selection may
be assigned to a team provided all managers of teams participating in the player
pool and the league president approve the assignment in writing. Managers shall
not drop a player from their rosters in order to sign a new player.
NOTE: Players who reside in states where they are prohibited from both registering and playing with their local Dixie Softball league until after their school
playing eligibility is completed for the current year are not subject to the player
selection section of this rule.
NOTE: Local leagues may allow a player to register late if the league feels
that extenuating circumstances prohibited the player from registering on time.
(C) – Managers shall not drop a player from their rosters in order to sign
a new player. The penalty for violation of this rule shall be loss of tournament
eligibility for the player illegally picked up and ground for protest in local league
and tournament play.
(D) DSI DOES NOT ALLOW PLAYER RELEASES. Players shall be
allowed to move from one league to another only through the rules printed in this
rule guide.
NOTE: Players released prior to the 2011 season shall remain within the league
they participated with in 2010.
(E) — Managers or coaches of teams who live outside the territorial boundary of the league shall be permitted to play their child in the league in which they
manage upon the written approval of the state director and provided they were
managers or coaches in the same league the previous three (3) years unless otherwise authorized by DSI rules. Children of league officials, scorekeepers or similar
league personnel shall not be included.
(F) — Anyone who registers or tries to register with a league and is not
accepted or who is not assigned to a team after being registered shall have the right
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of applying with the nearest Dixie Softball league where she would be eligible to
play. Those thus affected will be required to secure a written explanation from
the league which they first approached and they will be obligated to play with the
league that accepts them for the remainder of their eligible years unless allowed
to transfer under proper Dixie Softball regulations.
NOTE: Players cannot change leagues just because their home league does not
offer the style of play the player prefers.
NOTE: Any league deliberately not assigning anyone to a team in order for that
person to be able to go to another league, stands the risk of having their franchise
revoked and any league that is a WILLING partner to such, also stands the risk
of losing their franchise.
NOTE: Players not assigned to a team shall be allowed to go to the nearest DSI
league. For a player to by-pass the nearest league she must have the approval of
both district and state directors.
VII — PLAYER, MANAGER AND COACH REGISTRATION
(A) — All leagues participating in tournament play shall file a roster of
players and managers and coaches of each team in the league with the State and
District Director according to dates that appear under the DATES TO REMEMBER
section of this Rule Guide. The registration on the official registration form shall
include the full name of the player, her date of birth and her residence in detail.
A maximum of four (4) managers/coaches may be registered in the DIXIE
SWEETEES when a batting tee is used and a maximum of five (5) managers/
coaches may be registered in the DIXIE SWEETEES when a coach-pitcher is
used. A maximum of four (4) manager/coaches may be registered on each DIXIE
DARLINGS team. A maximum of three (3) managers/coaches may be registered
on each DIXIE ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS team. Only those
managers/coaches, so registered, shall be eligible to coach a tournament team. The
penalty for the violation of this rule is the loss of tournament eligibility for any
player and/or manager or coach not registered.
NOTE: Should there be changes to these rosters the District and State Directors
must be notified in writing of the change.
VIII — SCHEDULE
(A) — All teams shall play a schedule of not fewer than fifteen (15) games
in the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS and PONYTAILS divisions
and not fewer than twelve (12) games in the DIXIE BELLES and DEBS division,
exclusive of championship game(s).
NOTE: GAMES PLAYED AGAINST DSI TEAMS SHALL COUNT AS OFFICIAL GAMES. State directors, with the written or electronically transmitted
approval of the National President, may allow a league to count games played
against another softball association as official Dixie Softball games under extenuating circumstances and as long as the Dixie Softball team abides by Dixie
Softball rules of participation and pitching limitations regardless of whether
the team from the other softball association does or not.
NOTE: Leagues shall first try and schedule games with DSI league before they
schedule games with other softball associations. Leagues shall NOT be allowed
to count games played against other softball associations as official games if they
by-pass an existing DSI league that is willing to play an interlock schedule.
NOTE: Any league that plans on counting games played against other softball
organizations as official games MUST first get permission from both the district
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and state directors before the games will be considered as official DSI games.
(B) — Two (2) or more leagues shall be permitted to play an interlocking
schedule of games, but all such games shall count in the won and lost column of
each league.
(C) — Games may be scheduled at night.
(D) — Exhibition games shall be permitted but all pitching rules shall be
followed. Permission for exhibition games must be secured from the league president
or his delegated authority.
(E) — It is recommended that each team play a schedule of two (2) games per week.
(F) —It is recommended that each local league play a split season whenever
possible with the winner of the first half to play the winner of the second half for
the league championship.
(G) — A franchised league may begin official league play at a date of
their own choosing. However, they must comply with the April 1st annual billing
requirements. If the league in question is in violation and thus put into the “penalty category” the previous games played will not be honored in their minimum
requirements.
IX — FORFEITURE
(A) — A team failing to field:
DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS and ANGELS at least ten (10) players, and
DIXIE PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS at least nine (9) players, within fifteen
(15) minutes after the scheduled game time shall forfeit the game.
NOTE: Teams will not be allowed to borrow players from another team in order
to field the proper number of players.
(B) — Playing ineligible players may result in forfeiture of games in which
players participated illegally if protested by any of the league managers.
NOTE: Read Rule 4:00.
(EXCEPTION: A league may choose to play games without the proper number
of players and may borrow players of equal or less age, without penalty, as long as
the borrowed player is a registered player from the same league. Players shall not be
allowed to pitch for any team using them as a borrowed player. If a league chooses
to accept this EXCEPTION, the acceptance must appear in the league’s By-Laws.
X — TEAM SPONSORS
(A) — Dixie Softball teams shall be sponsored only by organizations whose
activities or products are not detrimental to the welfare of youth.
(B) — No firm or company whose advertising reflects the sale or use of
alcoholic beverages or tobacco products or promotes gambling of any sort shall be
permitted as a sponsor of the Dixie Softball program, either locally or nationally,
and shall not be permitted to display any form of such advertising in connection
with the program.
XI — ADMISSION TO GAMES
(A) — Dixie Softball recommends that no admission be charged at local
league games, but that a freewill collection be taken up at each game.
(B) — Dixie Softball recommends that admission be charged in all tournaments and championship series, in order to help defray the expenses of the winning
team in reaching the next level of tournament competition.
(C) — Admission shall be charged at the DIXIE DARLINGS, ANGELS,
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PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World Series. Proceeds shall be used to defray
expenses of the tournament.
XII — CONDUCT AND SPORTSMANSHIP
(A) —Members of one team shall not ride, kid, heckle, poke fun at or in any
other manner do anything that in the opinion of the umpire distracts the opposing
team.
EXAMPLE: Players from the opposing team cannot yell “swing” at the batter, or “the
pitcher can’t pitch”, or “the batter can’t hit”, posting intimidating signs, i.e., K’s, etc.
(B) — The umpire shall be empowered to call a base runner out or safe for an
act either by her or by a fielder that in the opinion of the umpire is not sportsmanlike
conduct.
(C) — The use of any tobacco, alcoholic beverage, firearm or illegal drug
within the confines of the playing field, dugout or bench by any manager, coach,
player, umpire or league official is prohibited.
NOTE: The only firearms allowed within the confines of the playing field,
dugout or bench will be those worn by law enforcement officers who are called to
the playing area to handle situations that may occur from time to time.В PENALTY (A) - (C): After one (1) warning the umpire will remove the offender
from the field and dugout for the rest of the game that the offense occurred in. In
the case the offender is an umpire, a coach may refuse to play until said umpire
abides by the rule.
(D) — Profanity or throwing of equipment (i.e., bats, unsafe throwing of
balls, helmets, gloves, etc.), will result in automatic ejection.
NOTE: Anyone who is asked to leave the playing area (dugout, bleachers, park
facilities) by an umpire, league official or Dixie Softball official and who refuses
may be subject to local police jurisdiction.
(E) — The selling or promotion of any item that makes derogatory remarks
about another softball association and/or division and/or style of play within DSI,
will not be permitted at any DSI district, state or national functions. It is recommended that local programs also refrain from this practice.
XIII. CHILD ABUSE/MOLESTATION RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
For information concerning Dixie Softball, Inc.’s policy on its Child Abuse/
Molestation Risk Management program go to the website: softball.dixie.org.
TOURNAMENT PREPARATION CHECK LIST
As your league moves into the tournament season the league officials should be
certain that they comply with all of the necessary requirements established to properly
control the tournament play. At tournament time the officials of Dixie Softball are
anxious to see that all teams that take part do so under a standard set of rules and
regulations. For this reason we point out a few of the more important items that need
to be considered as a league prepares itself for the tournament season.
SUB-DISTRICT, DISTRICT OR STATE TOURNAMENTS
1.  The tournament Team Eligibility Affidavit form MUST be filled out completely.
Full names of all players must appear EXACTLY AS THEY ARE SHOWN ON THE
CHILD’S BIRTH RECORD. Nicknames are not to be shown nor are initials unless
this is the way the name appears on the legal birth document.
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2.  Fill in all players’ and managers’/coaches’ addresses in full and give managers’
telephone numbers. Addresses should be given so anyone could send information by
mail and it be received. In other words, FULL ADDRESSES FOR ALL.
3.  Do not list more than: DIXIE SWEETEES, four (4); DIXIE DARLINGS, four
(4); DIXIE ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS, three (3) managers/coaches..
4.  Do not list any ALTERNATE PLAYERS.
5.  Two (2) 8” x 10” or two (2) 5” x 7” black and white glossy or color photographs (suitable for printing) are to be given or E-mailed to District or State Director when Tournament Eligibility Affidavits are checked. Photographs shall consist
of only the eligible players and coaches. All players appearing in the photo MUST
be photographed in full regular season team uniform or tournament uniform. All
efforts are to be made to have all players and coaches appearing in the photo but
if a player or coach is not on the original photo inset photos will be allowed. Any
photograph containing more than the number of eligible players and coaches will
be returned and the team that has a photograph returned will have to have a correct
photograph made before they are eligible to participate in tournament play. NOTE:
DIXIE SWEETEES are not required to have a photograph made unless required
to by state organization. NOTE: Any apparel that denotes another softball program
shall not appear in the photograph.
6.  Dixie Softball patches are to be on each participant’s uniform (players and
coaches) at all levels of tournament play. Patches may be acquired by sending
$1.50 for each patch desired. If ordering patches through regular mail, a $10.00
postage fee MUST accompany the order. If the order is being placed online
(dixie.org) or with other items from the Dixie Supply Center (P. O. Box 877,
Marshall, Texas 75671 or call 1-903-927-2255) there will be a separate postage
charge based on the size of the order. American Express, Discover, MasterCard
and Visa cards are accepted.
7.  All uniforms must bear numbers and the state represented by the team shall
be the dominate designation on the uniform. EXCEPTION: Host team may have
their league name the dominate designation on their uniform.
8.  Copy of a valid, in-force accident insurance policy on players and managers/coaches.
9.  Parental release for medical treatment.
10.  Proper playing equipment (approved balls, bats, helmets, etc.).
WORLD SERIES
1. All of the above.
2. Teams attending a non-per diem World Series must bring with them a cashier’s
check, cash or money order in the amount of $400.00 (for Surety Bond).
.3. One (unless Host requests two) state flag.
2014 TOURNAMENT RULES
(TOURNAMENT PLAY ONLY)
TOURNAMENT PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
NOTE: REGULAR SEASON PLAYING RULES SHALL APPLY
UNLESS OTHERWISE CHANGED BY THE FOLLOWING RULES.
DIXIE SOFTBALL is designed primarily as a season softball program so as to
occupy as many youngsters as possible during the softball season. This means a full
schedule of league play which requires all on a team to take part. The tournament
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opportunity is secondary and must not be over emphasized. The leagues that allow
their season to be neglected in order to concentrate on tournaments are not in accord
with Dixie Softball policy.
1.  One (1) team (for each division), either the league champion or a selected
“All Star” group, may represent each league in sanctioned Dixie Softball tournament
competition starting on the Sub-District or District level. Each league is entitled to
enter and no playoff or fee to enter will be required.
NOTE: When a team enters district play they are to be recognized by their
league name. When a team enters state tournament play the team’s district number
should recognized along with league name (Host excluded). When a team enters
World Series play they are to be recognized by their state name (Host excluded).
Nicknames for teams are not to be used or announced in any tournament.
2.  Leagues are allowed to host and play in non-sanctioned tournaments. DSI, its
officers and directors do not assume any liability for non-sanctioned tournaments.
3.  DSI, its officers and directors do not assume any liability for tournaments
other than those sanctioned by DSI. Hosts of Dixie Softball tournaments should
make every effort to publicize and promote the Dixie Softball tournament(s) they
are hosting and should make sure that the Dixie Softball participants are the priority
of any tournament they are hosting.
4.  After a league has finished its full season’s schedule of games and tournament
play for the current season, that league and players officially have concluded their
playing activities with Dixie Softball for the current season and are not considered
active with Dixie Softball until the next year the league franchises with Dixie Softball.
5.  No DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES or
DEBS tournament may start before the date set annually by the president of Dixie
Softball Inc. which appears in this rule guide under “DATES TO REMEMBER”.
This rule is to ensure that no Dixie Softball tournament shall start before any other
Dixie Softball tournament.
NOTE: The penalty for violation of this rule shall be disqualification from
tournament play of that division of the violating league for the current season.
6.  Appeals are only accepted through Dixie Softball channels for the two sanctioned tournaments mentioned in (1) above. Appeals in non-sanctioned tournaments
must be handled through the organization sponsoring the tournament.
All rules for local league play shall be in effect in tournament play unless otherwise stated below.
NOTE: DSI gives each state the right to require that teams must participate in
all functions of a sub-district, district or state tournament are be removed from the
tournament. District and state directors may make exceptions for their respective
tournaments.
I — TOURNAMENT PLAY
(A) — All tournament brackets shall be approved by the President.
The World Series shall be made up of only twelve (12) teams. District or state
tournaments exceeding more than ten (10) teams must receive permission in writing
from the proper Commissioner with approval by the President.
NOTE: Any ruling that concerns the changing of a tournament bracket must be
first approved by the President. This does not involve the redrawing of a bracket
but an actual change to the bracket.
(B) — All DSI tournaments and World Series shall be played using the double
elimination (two losses in each tournament played) DSI tournament brackets.
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NOTE: All tournaments MUST be played to completion with only one team
advancing to the next level of tournament play.
NOTE: States, with written permission from the President, may allow runners-up
to advance in tournament play no higher that state tournament level.
.NOTE: If runners-up are allowed to advance to the next level of tournament
play all games will be played to completion and a champion and runner-up will
be decided. If there are two (2) runners-up in a tournament the last runner-up team
eliminated will be the runner-up team to advance to the next level of tournament play.
NOTE: States may allow sub-district and district tournaments to use the roundrobin bracket. The best team from each tournament shall be allowed to advance to
the next round of tournament play. If the team cannot be determined using records,
a tiebreaker system has been established. The tiebreaker system rewards defensive
play and is as follows:
1. If there is a tie between two (2) teams with identical records, the tiebreaker is
the score of the game played between the two (2) teams (result of head-to-head play).
2. If three (3) or more teams are tied and one (1) team has defeated all of the
other teams tied through head-to-head play, that team will advance to the next
level of tournament play.
3. If there are three (3) or more teams tied, and no clear victor can be determined
on head-to-head play, then the total number of defensive runs given up, divided by
the number of innings played on defense, is computed for each team involved in
the tie. The one (1) team with the lowest “run differential” advances to the next
level of tournament play.
4. If three (3) or more teams still are tied, the number of defensive runs given
up, divided by defensive innings played, will be re-computed using just the teams
involved in the tie. However, if a two-way way tie exists after advancing a team,
refer to #1 above.
NOTE: If a team only plays part of a half-inning on defense before the game
is ended, that partial inning will count as a full half-inning for the purpose of
computing run differential.
(C) — A league shall not enter an age division team into DSI tournament
play that cannot fulfill its obligation to the full spectrum of DSI tournament
play.
NOTE: Any age division from a league NOT fulfilling its complete DSI tournament schedule they are eligible for shall cause their league (all divisions) to not
be eligible for DSI tournament play the following season.
NOTE: If a winning team from a tournament drops out of further play the
runner-up team that played in the final game of the tournament shall advance to the
next tournament level. If the runner-up team that played in the final game chooses not
to advance to the next level of tournament play the next team eliminated by the highest
bracket game number shall advance to the next level of tournament play and so on.
(D) —Leagues forfeiting games in tournament competition shall not be granted
tournament privileges the following year in the age division that the forfeit occurred.
(E) — The DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS,
BELLES and DEBS World Series shall be limited to twelve (12) teams each, one
of which shall be the host team. The remaining teams shall be winners of competitive play determined by the Commissioner and approved by the National Board of
Directors.
(F) — Each community or league sponsoring a state tournament or DIXIE
SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYВ­TAILS, BELLES and DEBS World
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Series shall be granted a host team. A host city having two (2) or more leagues
shall be entitled to hold a playoff to determine the host team, and the other leagues
shall be entitled to enter district eliminations.
NOTE: A host team shall be allowed only in the event there is a tournament,
not a series between two (2) teams.
(G) — All tournament hosts shall be decided on a bid basis, with all leagues
being notified in advance with full information as to the requirements. The decision
awarding the tournament shall be made by a representative committee or delegate
of the leagues involved.
(H) — All state tournament sites shall be selected on or before June 1 of the
current year. In the event a site is not determined by this date, the Commissioner
shall have the authority to request bids and award the tournament to the group he
considers to have submitted the best bid.
(I) — All tournaments qualifying a team for the DIXIE SWEETEES,
DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES, and DEBS World Series shall be
scheduled to be completed by July 31 of current season or seven (7) days before a
particular World Series play begins or date set by the President, whichever comes
first.
The penalty for violation of this rule is disqualification of the winning team
from the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES
and DEBS World Series.
(J) — Host teams shall not participate in any tournament in any level of
tournament play below that in which they act as host. As a matter of interpretation,
however, a host is not a host until selected. See Rule I (E) above.
The penalty for violation of this rule is loss of eligibility for tournament play.
II — FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
(A) — All teams entering tournament play, with the exception of the DIXIE
SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World
Series, must be financially able to defray all expenses of the tournament. Dixie
Softball recommends, however, that all communities sponsoring tournaments make
every effort to promote the event so as to make a contribution of guarantee to the
winning team to assist that team with its expenses to the next tournament.
(B) — All teams participating in their first level of tournament play are
required to deliver to the district or state director two (2) 8” x 10” or two (2)
5” x 7” black and white glossy or color photographs, suitable for printing, of the
team, along with the player affidavit seven (7) days prior to the tournament. In the
event a team does not deliver such pictures, the district or state director shall hire
a professional photographer to photograph the team at the team’s expense, prior to
the team’s first (1st) tournament game. Any team refusing to pay for such a picture
in advance shall be disqualified from tournament play for the current season.
(C) — At their option, a Host shall either pay per diem for meals and lodging
or furnish meals and lodging to all teams in the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS,
ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World Series beginning with supper
on the day preceding the first World Series game and ending with breakfast following
elimination or completion of the World Series.
(D) — All teams and players participating in the DIXIE SWEETEES,
DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World Series must
accept the approved housing furnished by the Host if the Host takes the non-per
diem option.
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The penalty for violation of this rule shall be disqualification from the DIXIE
SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES or DEBS World
Series. NOTE: Host has the option of furnishing housing for the host team or not.
(E) —All teams housed at a non-per diem DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS,
ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World Series shall post $400.00 in
cash, money order or cashier’s check payable to the Host organization and any damage
to facilities shall be deducted from these deposits. Unused funds shall be refunded
when the teams check out.
(F) —The state director or his appointed representatives shall be the state
tournament directors and the host city shall defray their expenses not to exceed
$150.00 per day (To satisfy this rule only one (1) representative from the state level
shall be at any state division tournament.)
NOTE: Expenses shall not include loss of pay from employment. In other words,
if a state director has the state tournament in his home town and does not move
to a motel or incur other large expenses, he should not be entitled to $150.00 per
day. He should be reimbursed for meals, local transportation and any other actual
expenses incurred.
(G) —The Commissioner shall be the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS,
ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World Series director and will be
assisted by another National Board member selected annually by the President. The
Host shall defray the lodging expenses of these two (2) representatives. The Host shall
be responsible for the travel and meal expenses of the two (2) representatives, not
to exceed $100.00 each, per day while they are at the World Series.
NOTE: Expenses shall not include loss of pay from employment.
(H) — The DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS,
BELLES and DEBS World Series Host shall present to the DIXIE SWEETEES,
DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World Series
championship team a banner with the Dixie Softball insignia, the division’s name,
the year and the host league’s name. (The President shall acquire this banner).
(I) — Team and individual awards shall be presented to the championship
and runner-up teams by the Host at DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS,
PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World Series. Team and individual awards shall
be presented to the sportsmanship team.
NOTE: Dixie Softball, Inc. shall furnish participation awards to all players and
coaches of the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES,
and DEBS World Series.
(J) —Team and individual awards are recommended for sub-district and
district tournaments.
NOTE: At no time shall individual awards such as MVP for a game or tournament,
tournament team, etc., be awarded.
(K) — State championship teams shall bring with them to the DIXIE
SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World
Series two (2) of their state flags, as near to four feet (4’) by six feet (6’) as possible.
The Governor’s office, in most instances, will be happy to lend a team a flag upon
request.
(L) — The Host shall file a financial statement of the DIXIE SWEETEES,
DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World Series with the
President following the completion of the event.
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III — ELIGIBILITY
(A) — Each league shall be entitled to enter each of its local division champions
or one (1) team chosen from the entire league, for each division, as its tournament teams.
NOTE: Players and coaches may participate only on tournament team of the
division that their name appears on a Regular Season Team Player roster. No player
may participate on more than one (1) tournament team.
(B) — Only players who have played in a minimum of nine (9) of their
local league games shall be eligible for tournament competition, with the exception
that the state director shall be empowered to rule a player eligible, for good reason,
even though the player has not played in the nine (9) games. Dixie Softball urges
state directors to grant this exception only for good and substantial reason, such as
injury or sickness of the player substantiated by physician’s notarized statement,
weather conditions causing postponement of games, and instances in which leagues
were late in starting their seasons and therefore unable to complete a majority of
their games prior to the start of tournament play. There may be other reasons for
granting an exception, and the state director shall exercise discretion.
(C) — Tournament Team Affidavits (all age divisions) MUST consist of
twelve (12) players and three (3) manager/coaches.
.NOTE: Teams that cannot field twelve (12) players due to extenuating circumstances MUST receive written or electronically transmitted permission from
their District and State Directors, along with written or electronically transmitted
approval from the National President, before a Tournament Team Affidavit will be
accepted with less than twelve (12) players. If approval is given for a team to list
less than twelve (12) players, notice of such, signed by both the District and State
Directors, along with the written permission of the President, MUST accompany
the affidavit at all times.
NOTE: In the DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS divisions four (4) manager/
coaches will be allowed. However, One of these coaches must remain in the dugout.
NOTE: There will be no player/bat girl unless she is one of the players mentioned
above and no alternate players are to be allowed.
(D) — All players may be:
DIXIE SWEETEES six (6) years of league age if so desired,
DIXIE DARLINGS eight (8) years of league age if so desired,
DIXIE ANGELS ten (10) years of league age if so desired,
DIXIE PONYTAILS twelve (12) years of league age if so desired,
DIXIE BELLES fifteen (15) years of league age if so desired, and
DIXIE DEBS eighteen (18) years of league age if so desired.
(E) — No DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS,
BELLES or DEBS tournaments may start before the date set annually by the
president of Dixie Softball, Inc., which appears in this rule guide under “DATES
TO REMEMBER”. This rule is to ensure that no Dixie Softball tournament will
start before any other Dixie Softball tournament.
(F) — Only managers, assistant managers or coaches during the regular league
season shall be eligible to manage or coach a tournament team, and they shall be
registered on the Regular Season Team Player roster of the division in which they
are coaching as filed with the district and state directors. The state directors shall
be empowered to grant exceptions to this rule.
Members of the National Board of Directors shall NOT be eligible to manage
or coach a tournament team.
NOTE: Only registered players and coaches of the teams playing can be in
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the dugout during a game.
.NOTE: District directors coaching in a particular age division cannot have
anything to do with the actual playing of the tournament they are coaching in. I. e,
drawing the bracket, affidavit check, selecting umpires, handling protests, rescheduling
games, etc. and must turn over all of those duties to the state director.
IV — TOURNAMENT AFFIDAVIT
(A) — Dixie Softball shall mail tournament affidavit blanks to each league.
These blanks shall be completed and returned to the Commissioner on or before June
15 of the current year or before tournament play begins, whichever comes first. Each
tournament team manager shall have a copy of this tournament affidavit, properly
completed, at all tournament games.
(B) — The president of each league shall check all birth records of players
whose names appear on the tournament affidavit.
(C) — All adopted children shall present an affidavit or other legal proof
of adoption and this shall be attached to the birth record.
V — BIRTH CERTIFICATES — PLAYER AFFIDAVIT INSPECTION
(A) — In addition to the tournament affidavit each team manager shall have
a birth certificate, baptismal certificate or hospital certificate for each player whose
name appears on the affidavit. Both the player affidavit and the birth records shall
be publicly inspected and approved by a credentials committee composed of three
(3) members, one of whom shall be the tournament director, and this public inspection shall be at least one week (seven days) prior to the first sub-district or district
game. All teams shall be notified of this inspection by the tournament director at
least one week (seven days) prior to the inspection. This requirement shall be for
sub-district and district play only.
TEAMS FAILING TO BE PRESENT WITH THE PLAYER AFFIDAVIT BIRTH
RECORDS SHALL FORFEIT THEIR RIGHTS TO COMPETE IN TOURNAMENT PLAY. TEAMS SHALL HAVE A BIRTH RECORD AT THIS MEETING
FOR EACH PLAYER LISTED ON THE PLAYER AFFIDAVIT. IN THE EVENT
A TEAM DOES NOT HAVE A BIRTH RECORD FOR A PLAYER AT THIS
MEETING THE PLAYER FOR WHOM THERE IS NO BIRTH RECORD SHALL
BE INELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN SUB-DISTRICT OR DISTRICT TOURNAMENT.
Leagues hosting a state tournament or World Series within a state shall have the
inspection of the player affidavits and birth records for teams competing in state
tournaments at least three (3) hours prior to the first game of the tournament. World
Series hosts shall have the inspection of the player affidavits and birth records for
teams competing in World Series play before the end of the state tournament for
the particular World Series the league is hosting.
Player affidavits may be corrected for spelling, typographical errors, nicknames
and so on at either of the two meetings of the credentials committee. Players
whose birth records are not accepted by the credentials committee at either of
the two meetings shall be ineligible for all games in the sub-district and district
tournaments. There shall be no appeal. A team using a player not approved by the
credentials committee shall be disqualified from the tournament according to Rule
XII, Section (E), of Rules for Tournament Play.
A COPY OF THE TOURNAMENT TEAM AFFIDAVIT SHALL BE MAILED TO
THE COMMISSIONER IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DATE OF THE INSPECTION
BY THE CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT.
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NOTE: Where a district is divided into sub-districts, the credentials committee
shall inspect the player affidavits and birth records of all the tournament teams
at the same time. There shall be one credentials committee for the entire district.
The state director or tournament director shall set the date and time for the
inspection of the player affidavits and birth records for teams competing in state
tournaments, and this time shall be at least three (3) hours prior to the first game of
the tournament. Teams not complying with this rule shall be subject to disqualification from tournament play for the current season.
The actual birth certificates shall not be inspected at the DIXIE SWEETEES,
DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS World Series. Instead,
each state director shall sign the player affidavit of his representative team in the
DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS
World Series signifying that he or his representative has personally inspected the birth
records of the players and found them to be in order. No protest shall be allowed
at the DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and
DEBS World Series on the basis of ineligibility because of age unless the protest
is substantiated by actual proof of fraud.
(B) — Dixie Softball directs all tournament directors and credentials committee
members to accept as proof of age any birth document issued by a governmental
agency and which is accepted as legal proof of age in the state in which it was
issued, where, in the opinion of the tournament director and the credentials committee, there is no evidence of fraud. Birth records other than the original certificates
of birth and certified copies of such original certificates of birth shall be endorsed
by one parent with the statement, “This is to certify that the information contained
on this document is a true record of the birth of _________________ (player’s
name), who is a mem­­ber of the _______________ (team name) tournament team”
or words to that effect, and this statement shall be notarized.
(C) — A photostatic copy of a birth record shall be accepted, provided the
copy is stamped and notarized as a true copy of the original and signed by one
or both of the parents of the player. This requirement shall be waived if the birth
record is a certified copy and was issued by state, county, parish or United States
government.
(D) — Adopted children shall furnish an affidavit of the adoption and the
affidavit shall be attached to the birth record. Players not legally adopted but using
a name other than that which appears on the birth record shall be eligible provided
that a notarized statement of this fact is made before a probate judge or clerk of
court or their equivalent and the statement attached to the birth record with the
signature and seal of the probate judge or clerk of court.
TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS ARE CAUTIONED TO USE DISCRETION IN
THE HANDLING OF ADOPTION RECORDS AND RESPECT THE RIGHT OF
THE PARENTS IN KEEPING THESE RECORDS CONFIDENTIAL.
(E) — No protests shall be allowed after the inspection by the credentials
committee without absolute proof of fraud. The burden of proof shall be upon the
protesting party. In the event proof is found and accepted by the credentials committee
or a protest committee, Rule XI, will apply.
(F) — Players who are unable to furnish birth certificates, baptismal certificates or hospital certificates shall be entitled to mail other documents of proof of
age to the Commissioner, who shall be empowered to issue a certificate in lieu of
an actual birth record. A baptismal certificate shall be accepted only if the child was
baptized within the first six (6) years after her birth and if the baptismal certificate
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shows the actual date of birth.
(G) — The DSI form “Certification of Birth Records” properly filled out,
inspected and signed and stamped by the district director shall be valid proof of
birth for all credential inspections.
(H) — Participating teams shall completely and accurately complete by the
deadline all forms furnished them. Teams failing to comply with this rule may not
be eligible for tournament participation for the current season, and may lose their
next opportunity to host a tournament.
(I) – If a league does not note on their franchise form that two (2) or
more age divisions are merging in order to play a season the divisions in question will not be allowed to merge at tournament time.
VI — REPLACING PLAYERS
(A) — A team may replace tournament players after their selection to the
team only in the event of sickness or injury and only with approval by the District
Director at sub-district and district tournaments; State Director at state tournaments;
and the Commissioner at the World Series. Sickness or injury shall be substantiated
by a notarized affidavit by a physician. The tournament director shall accept the
replacement player provided the new player presents her proper birth record and is
otherwise eligible according to the rules and regulations of this program. The player
who is replaced shall not be entitled to return to the team. A replacement certificate
shall be furnished to all leagues for this purpose. REQUESTS FOR REPLACEMENT
FOR REASONS OTHER THAN SICKNESS OR INJURY SHALL BE MADE IN
WRITING, AND SUCH REQUESTS SHALL BE MADE ONLY BY THE LOCAL
LEAGUE PRESIDENT.
.NOTE: Unless a team’s affidavit originally has twelve (12) players listed
on it NO replacement players will be allowed. NO EXCEPTION. District
and State Directors along with Commissioners are advised to be very careful
in replacing players during a tournament especially towards the end of the
tournament. No replacement player made during a tournament shall not be
allowed to pitch in the tournament.
NOTE: Any player who misses one (1) or more DSI tournament game of her
tournament team due to reasons other than: sickness (signed doctor’s statement
noting that a player can return to the game of softball is to be presented before
the child is allowed to return to her team), injury (signed doctor’s statement
noting that a player can return to the game of the softball is to be presented
before the child is allowed to return to her team), death in immediate family
or with special permission from District Director or State Director or National
Commissioner of that particular age division, shall NOT be allowed to join or
rejoin her DSI tournament team for the remainder of the current DSI season.
NOTE: Any player, manager or coach who misses any portion of a DSI tournament, i.e., credential meetings, opening ceremonies, game etc., their team is
participating in while participating with or for another softball organization
or independent team/organization shall NOT be allowed to join or rejoin their
DSI tournament team for the remainder of the current DSI season. PENALTY:
Removal of the team from further DSI tournament play for the current season
if the player, manager or coach is allowed to join or rejoin the team.
NOTE: In order to avoid this situation leagues may want to have a
player’s parent or guardian sign a form at registration time that states a
player, if picked for a tournament team, must obligate themselves to the full
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activities of DSI tournaments. A league may refuse to select a player to a DSI
tournament team if a parent or guardian does not sign the form.
VII — TOURNAMENT PITCHING RULES
No manager, group or managers, district director nor anyone else shall waive
any tournament pitching rule. The intent of this statement shall be to prohibit a socalled gentlemen’s agreement, and any such agreement shall be grounds for protest
by any Dixie Softball official.
NOTE: Pitching rules do not apply to DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS with
the exception that all coaches on a team’s tournament affidavit shall be eligible to
pitch and be allowed to return to the mound once in a game that he was removed
from the mound.
NOTE: In DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS coach-pitcher rules will be used.
NOTE: Only the managers and coaches listed on the tournament affidavit shall
be eligible to pitch in DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS tournament play.
NOTE: The same coach may pitch every inning of every game.
.NOTE: The person playing the coach-player position can only assist in positioning the batter in the batter’s box but cannot communicate to the batter in any
manner on what to do while batting or base running. This is the job of the other
coaches on the team.
NOTE: The person playing the coach-pitcher position shall in no manner assist
the batter/base runner or any other base runner.
.NOTE: The person playing the coach-pitcher cannot in any manner (verbally,
hand or head movement, etc.) communicate with a player or coach on the team
while he is in the coach-pitcher position.
NOTE: PENALTY: A warning will be issued to the coach-pitcher and there
shall be a one (1) strike call on the batter or the next batter in case the violation
occurs when the present batter either strikes out or becomes a base runner. Any
subsequent violation shall result in the violating coach-pitcher being removed from
the game and not being allowed to return to that game as a coach-pitcher in the
DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS.
(A) — All members of tournament teams shall be eligible to play the playerpitcher position or pitch.
(B) — A pitcher shall play the player-pitcher position or pitch only:
DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS - eleven (11) innings in the same tournament, and
DIXIE ANGELS — eleven (11) innings in the same tournament, and
DIXIE PONYTAILS — thirteen (13) innings in the same tournament, and
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS — fifteen (15) innings in the same tournament.
For the purpose of this rule, any combination of innings:
DIXIE ANGELS — adding up to eleven (11) shall be permitted, and
DIXIE PONYTAILS — adding up to thirteen (13) shall be permitted, and
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS — adding up to fifteen (15) shall be permitted.
NOTE: Innings that are not pitched shall not be charged to the player-pitcher
or pitcher of record.
(C) — A player-pitcher or pitcher shall be limited to:
DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS – five innings in any one (1) game, and
DIXIE ANGELS — five (5) innings in any one (1) game, and
DIXIE PONYTAILS — six (6) innings in any one (1) game, and
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS — seven (7) innings in any one (1) game.
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EXCEPTION: A pitcher, all age divisions, will be allowed to pitch one (1)
extra inning in the event she is the starting pitcher and has not been removed from
the mound during the same game and the game goes into extra innings because of a
tie score. In the event the pitcher pitches an extra inning, the extra inning is charged
against her for the tournament.
(D) - DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS – a player-pitcher will be limited
to only seven (7) innings, and
DIXIE ANGELS TRADITIONAL and X-play - a pitcher will be limited to only
eight (8) innings, and
DIXIE PONYTAILS TRADITIONAL and X-play – nine (9) innings, and
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS – ten (10) innings of pitching in a single day.
(E) — A pitcher shall not pitch in consecutive games played by her team
in the same tournament if she has pitched:
DIXIE ANGELS TRADITIONAL and PONYTAILS TRADITIONAL — in three
(3) or more innings of the previous game.
NOTE: THERE IS NO CONSECUTIVE GAME RULE FOR PLAYERPITCHERS OR PITCHERS IN DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS
X-play, PONYTAILS X-play, BELLES AND DEBS. A COACH WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE PITCHER’S INNINGS IN ANY MANNER THEY CHOOSE
DURING TOURNAMENT PLAY. A coach may pitch a DIXIE SWEETEES,
DARLINGS and ANGELS X-play pitcher the first eleven (11), and
DIXIE PONYTAILS X-play pitcher the first thirteen (13, and
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS pitcher the first fifteen (15) innings of a tournament or he
may choose to use the number of innings allotted a pitcher sparingly over the duration
of the tournament.
EXCEPTION (DIXIE ANGELS TRADITIONAL and PONYTAILS TRADITIONAL only): In any DSI sanctioned tournament conducted under the double
elimination bracket in which three (3) teams remain in competition, each with one
(1) defeat, the consecutive game rule shall be waived for the team(s) that did not
draw a bye during the tournament and for the semi-final game only but not for the
championship game. The consecutive game rule remains in effect for the team(s)
that drew or had a bye at any point during the tournament.
NOTE: Where districts are divided in sub-districts, the sub-districts and district
tournaments shall be considered separate tournaments for the application of these
pitching rules with the exception of the starting pitcher/tie game rule.
(F) — A pitcher shall be charged with an inning pitched for any part of an
inning in which she pitches, including a single pitch.
(G) — A player who is brought in to pitch from another position or from
the bench without benefit of sideline warm-up shall be permitted ten (10) warm-up
pitches or two (2) minutes. If a player comes in with benefit of sideline warm-up
she shall be permitted five (5) warm-up pitches or one (1) minute.
(H) — Innings pitched in games declared “no contest” shall count.
NOTE: Byes will not be considered as a game to satisfy this rule.
(I) — All pitchers shall be eligible to pitch at the beginning of each level
of tournament play.
(J) — In any tournament decided by a best of three (3) games, a pitcher shall
pitch:
DIXIE ANGELS — only five (5) innings in the series, and
DIXIE PONYTAILS — only six (6) innings in the series, and
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS — only seven (7) innings in the series. With the
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exception that she shall be entitled to pitch one (1) extra inning in one (1) game in
the event she is the starting pitcher and that game ended in a tie after regulation play.
(K) — In the event a game is conceded according to the provisions of Rule
IX, the actual innings pitched by a pitcher plus an extra inning shall be charged to
the pitchers of record of both teams.
NOTE: Pitcher of record shall be interpreted to be the last pitcher to throw a
pitch to a batter for their respective team.
(L) —If a particular age division within a league forfeits games in tournament
competition the league shall not be granted tournament privileges the following year
for that particular age division.
(M) — Tournament teams shall be allowed to play under tournament rules
during pre-tournament practice games provided the league has completed its regular
season. In the event the league has not completed its regular season, regular season
pitching rules shall apply. The penalty for violation of this rule shall be disqualification of the team from tournament play for the current season.
NOTE: For the purpose of these pitching rules, every series of tournament qualifying a winner shall be considered a level of tournament play and the consecutive
game rule shall not apply from one level to the next.
VIII — SUBSTITUTION
(A) — Every available player on a team’s Tournament Team Affidavit MUST
play at least six (6) consecutive outs on defense in every tournament game played
by her team with the exception of the unequal number of players rule.
All players present at a game MUST participate in the game unless they cannot
participate because of health reasons. The Tournament Director must be notified
that a player cannot participate in a game before the game is played. The player
not playing may sit in the dugout (as long as she has not been replaced on the
Tournament Team Affidavit), however, under no conditions will she be allowed to
enter the game regardless of the fact that the game may be forfeited.
NOTE: For the purpose of satisfying this rule, a substitute is considered in the
game when she enters the game as follows: (1) If a batter, when she takes her place
in the batter’s box. (2) If a fielder, when she takes the place of the fielder substituted
for. (3) If a runner, when she takes her place on the base that the runner substituted
for is holding. (4) If a pitcher, when she takes her place on the pitcher’s plate.
NOTE: When teams list all their available players in the batting order at the
beginning of a game the players who re-enter the game on defense may replace
any player in the batting order. Under this rule only, players returning to a game
do not have to replace the player for whom they were removed. NOTE: A substitute’s name will not be added to the batting-order by the official scorer until the
substitute enters the game under one of the above mentioned substitution guidelines.
The substitute’s name MUST appear on defense for six (6) consecutive outs. This
requirement shall apply to both teams even if the last half of the last inning is not
required. The only exception shall be when the game is not completed because of
the ten (10) run rule, mathematical elimination or when a team concedes before all
available players have participated. However, in any game, substitutions MUST be
made in time regardless of whether the game is completed or not in order to allow
the substitution to play at least six (6) consecutive outs on defense just in case a
game goes to its full completion. Substitutions not made in time for the player to be
able to play at least six (6) consecutive outs on defense, regardless of the outcome
of the game, is subject to protest.
 NOTE: All substitution changes MUST be made in time to ensure that ALL
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players are assured of playing six (6) consecutive outs on defense in each game in
order to satisfy this rule. To satisfy this rule the bottom half of the last inning of
a regulation game shall NOT count toward the six (6) consecutive outs on defense
rule. The six (6) consecutive outs on defense MUST be achieved before the bottom
half of the last inning of a regulation game begins.
 NOTE: In order to satisfy this rule all substitutions on defense MUST be made by:
DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, and ANGELS: Home team at the beginning
of the top half of the fourth (4th) inning. Visiting team at the beginning of the
bottom half of the third (3rd) inning.
DIXIE PONYTAILS: Home team at the beginning of the top half of the fifth (5th)
inning. Visiting team at the beginning of the bottom half of the fourth (4th) inning.
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS: Home team at the beginning of the top half of the
sixth (6th) inning. Visiting team at the beginning of the bottom half of the fifth
(5th) inning.
NOTE: If both teams have an equal number of players on hand at the beginning
of a game the above substitution rule is in effect. If a player is injured, becomes ill
or is removed from the game for one reason or another and the above substitution
rule has not been fulfilled the team with the higher number of players shall have
the option of the below substitution rule.
NOTE: The penalty for violation will be a team shall concede any game in which
all available players do not participate if the opposing team files a protest. If the
protest is upheld, the game shall end at that point and the remaining innings in the
game shall not count against any pitcher.
EXCEPTION: — If a team enters a game with less players than the opposing
team, the opposing manager has the option of playing all of his players or only
playing the minimum number of players that the other team has.
NOTE: The coach with the most players may use his substitutes at any time as
long as he matches the number of players the opposing team has to satisfy the six
(6) outs on defense rule during the game and he satisfies all other substitution rules.
The coach with the most players has the following options: (a) He may list and
play all the players on his team even though the opposing team has fewer players.
If a coach chooses to list his extra players in the starting lineup the extra players
must satisfy the six (6) consecutive outs on defense rule. If a coach does not list
the extra players in the starting lineup the extra players are not subject to the two
(2) consecutive complete innings six (6) outs on defense rule. (b) He only has to
play the minimum number of players that the opposing team has and not play any
of his extra players at any time during the game. DSI recommends but does not
demand that all players be listed in the starting lineup. (c) He may substitute
the extra players in the following manner:
EXAMPLE A – As a pinch runner or pinch hitter: The coach may remove the
pinch runner/hitter at any time following the first pitch thrown after the pinch runner/hitter enters the game. If the pinch runner/hitter does not return to the game the
following defensive inning she shall not be allowed to return to the game with the
exception of the injury or sick replacement rule. If the pinch runner/hitter remains in
the game she shall take the batting lineup position/number of the player she replaced.
EXAMPLE B – As a fielding substitute: A coach may remove the fielding
substitute at any time following the first pitch thrown after the fielding substitute
enters the game. If the fielding substitute does not return to the game the following
offensive inning she shall not be allowed to return to the game with the exception of the injury or sick replacement rule. If the fielding substitute remains in the
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game she shall take the batting lineup position/number of the player she replaced.
NOTE: A player removed from the game may only re-enter the game once and
must retain the batting lineup position/number she was first substituted for with the
exception of the injury or sick replacement rule.
EXAMPLE – Player A is used as a pinch hitter for player in the batting lineup position/number five (5). Player A is removed from the game in the same inning she was
used as a pinch hitter. Two (2) innings later, Player A returns to the game. Player A
must be placed in the batting lineup position number five (5) and the player in lineup
batting position number five (5) must be removed from the game.В NOTE: Substitute players do not have to meet the six (6) consecutive defensive
outs rule if they were substituted under the above EXCEPTION and EXAMPLES
of article (A).
NOTE: A pitcher removed from the mound shall be allowed to return to the
mound one (1) time in the same game. To satisfy this rule it will be ruled that a
pitcher who returns to the mound in the same inning of a game in which she was
removed shall be credited with pitching in ONLY one (1) inning for the inning in
which she was removed.
NOTE: When teams list all their available players in the batting order at the
beginning of a game the players who re-enter the game on defense may replace
any player in the batting order. Under this rule only, players returning to a game
do not have to replace the player for whom they were removed.
(B) — If a manager has used all of his eligible players and a player is injured
or becomes ill and cannot continue or when a player is removed from the game for
disciplinary reasons, the game shall not be forfeited. The opposing manager shall
select a player from the bench who has already been in the game to replace the
injured, disciplined or ill player.
(C) — When a change is made in the lineup, it is recommended that the
change be announced over the public address system. However, if the change is
not announced the change and all plays concerning the change shall be legal.
IX — TOURNAMENT GAMES
(A) — All tournament games shall be played to a conclusion regardless of
the score or the inning unless the team behind wishes to concede. (SEE ARTICLE
(B) BELOW). Any tournament game suspended due to darkness, weather or any
other reason shall be resumed at the earliest possible time. Play shall begin at the
actual point of termination, and shall be considered the same game. The same
pitchers shall be eligible to pitch just as if the game had been completed on the
original day.
EXAMPLE A: The game is called on account of rain the bottom half of the third
(3rd) inning with the count of three (3) balls and two (2) strikes on the batter and
two (2) outs in the inning. The game shall be resumed at the earliest possible time
and play shall resume in the bottom half of the third (3rd) inning with the count
of three (3) balls and two (2) strikes on the batter and two (2) outs in the inning.
EXAMPLE B: The game is called in the top of the fifth (5th) for any reason.
The game shall be resumed at the earliest possible time from the exact point of
В­termination. The pitchers shall be eligible to complete the game as this is part of
the same game.
EXCEPTION: A game shall be considered a completed regulation game when
a team is ahead by ten (10) runs after both teams have:
DIXIE ANGELS — played three (3) or more complete innings of play or, in
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case of the home team, anytime it is ahead by ten (10) runs after 2 and one-half
(2ВЅ) innings of play, and
DIXIE PONYTAILS — played four (4) or more complete innings of play or,
in the case of the home team, anytime it is ahead by ten (10) runs after three and
one-half (3ВЅ) innings of play, and
DIXIE BELLES and DEBS — played five (5) or more complete innings of play
or, in the case of the home team, anytime it is ahead by ten (10) runs after four
and one-half (4ВЅ) innings of play.
EXCEPTION: DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS a game shall be considered
completed regulation when one team is mathematically eliminated.
NOTE: An inning in the DIXIE SWEETEES and DARLINGS shall be ended
with the third (3rd) out or “END OF PLAY” on the tenth (10th) batter in that inning, whichever comes first.
NOTE: A game stopped because of the ten (10) run rule is not considered a conceded game. Pitchers will be credited only with the innings in which they pitched.
NOTE: Refer to Rule VI (E) of DIXIE SWEETEES SPECIFIC PLAYING
RULES and Rule V (E) of DIXIE DARLINGS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES for
Rules concerning the “END OF PLAY” on the tenth (10th) batter.
(B) — No team shall be required to play more than two (2) games on the
same day during the same tournament. A team playing two (2) games on the same
day shall have at least one (1) hour of rest between games. Teams shall be entitled
to waive the one (1) hour rest rule, but shall not be required to do so.
NOTE: Tournament directors may allow teams in a tournament to play two (2)
games per day no more than twice in the same tournament. NOTE: One of the
double-headers MUST be relegated to the final day of play for the “if necessary”
game unless the Tournament Director decides to use the second double-header earlier
in the tournament. If the two (2) double-headers are used before the final day of
the tournament there WILL NOT be a third (3rd) double-header allowed for the
“if necessary” game. NOTE: In World Series play there will be no double-header
allowed on the first day of play.
EXAMPLE: Team A’s first game is rained out on Tuesday. The tournament
director reschedules this team to play the following morning and again that night.
This shall be within the rules, but Team A shall not be required to play two (2)
games on the same day for the remainder of the tournament, regardless of whether
or not the schedule called for it.
NOTE: Other than weather, the only time two (2) games should be played on
the same day is on the final day of play when the “if necessary” game is required.
EXCEPTION: The Commissioner, with the consent and approval of the President,
shall be empowered to waive any tournament rule so as to assure completion of a
tournament where there have been delays caused by inclement weather or other reason.
NOTE: Under no circumstance can any pitching rule be waived.
NOTE: Under no circumstance shall a coach-pitcher assist, physically or verbally,
any batter-base runner or base runner. The coach-pitcher may assist, physically
or verbally, the batter and only in positioning the batter. PENALTY: After one(1)
warning, there shall be a one (1) strike call on the next batter. Any subsequent
violation shall result in the violating coach-pitcher being removed from the game
and not allowed to return to that game as a coach-pitcher.
(C) — No tournament game shall begin after 11:30 p.m.
EXCEPTION: This rule may be waived by the tournament director in order to
complete a tournament.
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(D) — All rained-out or postponed games shall be rescheduled by the
tournament director in the order of postponement. For example: Game three (3) is
postponed due to rain, wet grounds or for any other reason, but the ground crew
gets the field in condition to play again several hours later. Game three (3) shall
be played before any other game on the schedule.
(E) — Games that are played under floodlights in sub-district, district, state
tournaments, or in any DIXIE SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS,
BELLES or DEBS World Series, the lighting shall be approved by the tournament or
series director.
X — ADMISSION
(A) — Dixie Softball recommends to all tournament sponsors that an admission
be charged to assist in financing the event.
XI — PROTESTS AND APPEALS
THESE RULES COMPLETELY REPLACE THE REGULAR SEASON
PROTEST RULES.
(A) — Protests shall be made only on a misinterpretation of a rule or the
ineligibility of a player or players.
NOTE: A protest of eligibility based on other than age shall be presented to the
Tournament Director prior to the beginning of a tournament.
(B) — All protests based on ineligibility of a player’s age shall be filed
with the Tournament Director before either of the teams involved in the game in
question has played any portion of another game.
If, in the opinion of the Tournament Director, there is any WILLFUL VIOLATION
of age eligibility rules and upon actual proof of violation, the Tournament Director
shall forfeit the last game played by the team and the team shall be disqualified
from tournament play for the current season.
NOTE: If a manager allows a pitcher to violate the pitching rules, whether intentional
or unintentional, the game, if protested, shall be forfeited and the violating manager or
coach will not be allowed to coach in his team’s next tournament game.
(C) — The Protest Committee shall be composed of three (3) members and is
selected with discretion by the Tournament Director. It is required that this committee
be present during each game preferably in an area reserved for them exclusively. The
members of the protest committee shall be announced prior to each game. A team
shall not be required to play a tournament game until this announcement is made.
(D) — All protests except protests of ineligibility of a player shall be made
to the plate umpire immediately after the occurrence and before another pitched
ball (legal or illegal). The plate umpire shall call in the protest committee and this
committee, after hearing the protesting manager and the manager of the opposing
team and the umpires, shall render a decision.
EXCEPTION. The Commissioner, with the consent and approval of the President,
shall be empowered to accept a protest on the recommendation of the state director
or in his absence the senior National Board Member within the state on the grounds
that the protest committee accepted and acted upon an illegal protest. Such a protest
shall be made prior to the next game played by either team.
EXAMPLE: The umpire removes a player from the game for using abusive
language. The manager of the team protests the umpire’s action and the protest
committee accepts the protest and overrules the umpire’s action and allows the
player to continue in the game. This is an illegal protest and one on which the state
director should immediately call the Commissioner.
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(E) — Scorekeepers and other officials may at any time advise coaches and
managers (home and visitors) of the illegality of pitchers and players if they have
knowledge of this in order to prevent an “illegal” substitution. The scorekeepers
and officials shall not be required to do this but are urged to do so to prevent a
protested game. However, once the permanent pitching record has been signed by
the opposing managers, it then becomes a matter of record and cannot be changed,
even though it may be in error.
NOTE: If a substitution violation has already occurred before the scorekeeper or
any DSI officials notices it, in no way should the scorekeeper or DSI official stop the
game and bring to notice the violation. This would tip off the opposing coach and could
create a protest. It is always the opposing coach’s responsibility to catch substitution
violations. Scorekeepers and DSI officials should only bring it to the attention of a
coach before the violation happens not afterwards. NEVER SHOULD AN UMPIRE
BE INVOLVED IN SUBSTITUTION OF PLAYERS DURING TOURNAMENT
PLAY. SUBSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE SCOREKEEPER.
NOTE: Tournament directors are advised that both managers MUST be present when the pitching record is signed. Both managers should check each other’s
pitching record carefully to avoid any errors. Both managers will be required to
sign the opposing team’s pitching record as well as their own. No manager will be
allowed to sign the pitching record until the opposing manager has had a chance
to go over the pitching records. If a manager does not or refuses to sign the pitching record(s) then the tournament director shall sign the record(s) in his place.
NOTE: Managers are given a time period of five (5) minutes to go to the scorekeeper’s area (scorekeepers are not to leave their area) after a game and/or closing
ceremonies of a game are over. If a manager does not get to the scorekeeper’s
area in what is judged by the tournament director as a reasonable time, then the
tournament director shall sign the pitching record(s).
(F) — No appeal shall be accepted by any district or state director or by the
Commissioner in tournament competition on the grounds of a violation of local league
rules during regular season play and this shall include population or boundary violations.
Appeals from protest decisions must be made immediately and to the next official in authority over the level of play: district director at sub-district and district
tournaments; state director at state tournaments; Commissioner at the World Series.
Appeals from decisions may be carried through each level up to the Commissioner
if so desired.
NOTE: A manager does NOT have to continue a game until his appeal has
followed the proper procedure and any game dependent upon the decision of the
appeal can not be started until a final decision of the appeal has been made. Tournament Directors shall not intimidate managers with a “Play or forfeit” statement.
(G) — AFTER THE COMPLETION OF A GAME THERE SHALL BE NO
PROTEST REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVED WITH THE
EXCEPTION OF A PROTEST OF ELIGIBILITY.
NOTE: A game shall not be considered as complete until opposing managers
have an opportunity to make a protest on a game-ending play. Fifteen (15) minutes
shall be considered sufficient time for the fulfillment of this rule. (See Rule XI,
Section (D), Exception).
XII — TOURNAMENT SOFTBALLS
(A) - The official tournament softball will be those distributed by PENNANT
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SPORTS. NOTE: The brand names of Pennant Sports (formerly known as JP
SPORTS), JP Sports and/or Paul’s shall be the only softballs allowed in DSI
tournament play for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons. NO EXCEPTIONS.
(B) —All levels of tournament play MUST use softballs that are stamped, by
an “approved” manufacturer, with the signature of the National President of DSI.
EXCEPTION: When a pitching machine is used the non-stamped softballs manufactured for use with a pitching machine may be used.
XIII — TOURNAMENT BATS
The official tournament bats shall be those listed in Rule 2:02 of this rule book.
However, the words “OFFICIAL SOFTBALL” and/or “youth softball” and the name
of an “Approved” manufacturer must be legible on any bat used in tournament play.
NOTE: Any new league coming into Dixie Softball will be allowed to use presently owned bats for season play but NOT for tournament play.
NOTE: DSI may deem any bat as not approved that appears on the list of bats
not approved by the national governing body of softball, due to safety reasons.
XIV — TOURNAMENT UNIFORMS
(A) — All uniforms in tournament play shall be either regular softball uniforms
or matching jerseys with matching pants (if jeans are worn, they must be as close to the
same color as possible). No plain, undershirt style T-shirts shall be permitted. Uniform
type T-shirts in team colors with numbers shall be considered legal regular softball
uniforms upon the approval of the District Director, State Director or Commissioner.
The penalty for violation of this rule is possible disqualification of the team by the
tournament director from further play for the current season. The District Director,
State Director and Commissioner shall establish an appropriate dress code for each
level of tournament play so as to portray the proper image for Dixie Softball.
NOTE: All jerseys, regardless of style, must be worn fully tucked inside the pants.
NOTE: A player’s jersey number must be visible when her jersey is tucked
inside of her pants.
NOTE: Uniform shorts/pants shall not bear wording on the seat of the shorts/pants.
(B) — Tournament players shall be permitted to use the uniform of the
sponsor of a team in local league play.
NOTE: If uniforms bear the name of a sponsor, all uniforms do not have to bear
the same sponsor’s name.
NOTE: If jerseys bear the names of the players then the last name of the player
is required.
NOTE: Jerseys worn in World Series play shall have the name or outline or logo
of the state that a team represents placed in a very noticeable position on the front.
It is preferred that all teams wear jerseys that bear only the name of their state and
not the name of their league or team name.
NOTE: Jerseys worn in World Series play by the host team shall have the name
of their league placed in a very noticeable position on the front. The league name
shall be more prominent than the team’s nickname.
Teams may wear uniform colors of their choosing. DSI recommends that uniforms
in yellow colors not be worn.
NOTE: Pitchers shall not wear long sleeve jerseys that blend in with the color
of the softball.
NOTE: Coaches may either wear exact uniforms the teams wear or wear uniforms
of coordinating colors of their team. If coordinating color uniforms are chosen the
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coaches uniforms must be of like fabric. No denim jeans/shorts, overalls, etc. are
allowed. Coaches may wear a combination of long slacks or shorts as long as the
slacks and shorts are of like fabric and fit properly. Coaches may wear jerseys
outside the slacks/shorts.
(C) — All players participating in all tournaments shall have Arabic numbers
on their uniforms. Such numbers, if on the sleeve, shall be not less than two inches
(2”) high and, if on the back, shall not be less than four inches (4”) high, if on the
front, shall not be less than four inches (4”) high. Leagues having uniforms with
numbers of smaller size than this shall be permitted to use such uniforms until the
uniforms are disposed of. No duplicate numbers shall be allowed. (Numbers 9 and
09 is an example of duplicate numbers.) The penalty for violation of this rule shall
be that players wearing duplicate numbers shall not be allowed on the field. Any
player wearing a batting vest shall also have numbers not less than two inches (2”)
on their sleeve, (preferably the right sleeve).
(D) — All players and coaches participating in a tournament of the DIXIE
SWEETEES, DARLINGS, ANGELS, PONYTAILS, BELLES and DEBS shall
wear the approved insignia (patch) of DSI, where it shall remain visible on the left
shoulder or upper left breast area of the uniform.
NOTE: The approved insignia (patch) shall be attached to the uniform by either
sewing or gluing. Pins, staples, etc. will not be allowed due to safety reasons.
NOTE: Penalty for not wearing the insignia (patch) of DSI in a visible manner,
shall be removal from game of any player or coach. These insignias (patches) may
be purchased by sending $1.50 per insignia (patch) desired. If ordering patches
ONLY through regular mail, a $10.00 postage fee MUST accompany the order. If the
order is being placed online (softball.dixie.org) or with other items from the Dixie
Supply Center (P. O. Box 877, Marshall, Texas 75671 or call 1-903-927-2255) there
will be a separate postage charge based on the order. American Express, Discover,
MasterCard and Visa cards are accepted.
NOTE: Tournament directors are directed to use “common sense” in the event a
uniform is damaged from accident or sickness. A player may not be removed from
a game because she had to change into another type of uniform due to the fact her
regular uniform was damaged by accident or sickness.
XV — MISCELLANEOUS TOURNAMENT REQUIREMENTS
(A) — All artificial noise makers (manufactured and/or handmade) shall be
banned at all tournament games.
(B) — No verbal, written, or in any other manner promotion of any other softball
program or clinics for players or tournaments (other than those approved by DSI) shall
be permitted by anyone attending or hosting a Dixie Softball tournament.
NOTE: Wearing apparel such as T-shirts, caps, jackets, etc., denoting any other
national softball association shall not be worn by players, coaches, umpires, tournament officials or any other DSI official during any activity pertaining to a DSI
sanctioned tournament.
(C) — Anyone producing a sign for tournament play must make only signs
that promote their team and not signs that may denigrate the opposing team. EXAMPLE: If Alabama and Louisiana are playing each other neither team will be
allowed to produce signs that say something like “Beat Bama” or “Beat Louisiana”.
XVI — INSURANCE
For all Dixie Softball, Inc. rules and regulations concerning insurance go to the
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website: softball.dixie.org.
NOTE: DSI recommends SADLER SPORTS & RECREATION INSURANCE
(see ad inside back cover).
XVII — VIOLATIONS
Violation of any of the tournament rules may result in disqualification and/or
probation for the offending team, player, manager/coach or league.
XVIII — TROPHIES AND AWARDS
All trophies and/or awards presented to each championship, runner-up and/or
sportsmanship team(s) and/or individual participants must have one of the Dixie
Softball, Inc., logos appearing on each trophy and/or award.
 All tournament trophies and/or awards presented to each championship, runnerup and/or sportsmanship team(s) and/or each individual participant(s) must be
purchased by the Host team through the District Director, at district level; the
State Director, at state level; and the National President of DSI at World Series
level. All such trophies and/or awards MUST be purchased from a DSI Approved
Supplier of trophies and/or awards.
NOTE: All DSI tournament trophies and/or awards that bear a figurine must
use a DSI approved figurine.
SUPPORT DIXIE SOFTBALL
Make your league more efficient and colorful by furnishing your workers
with supplies they need. Your Dixie Supply Center can ship what you need
in short order. Listed below is a partial list of items available.
Embroidered Dixie Softball Emblems (patches) . . . State Caps and Visors,
Dixie Softball Caps with “Ponytail” hole. . . Pamphlets . . . Flags/Banners . . .
Awards Certificates . . . T-Shirts ... Golf/Polo Shirts . . . Medallions all with
Dixie Softball logo in color . . . Birth Certification Forms . . . Umpire Caps . . .
State Lapel Pins . . . Rule Books . . .
For full information contact:
DIXIE SOFTBALL
SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION CENTER
P.O. Box 877
Marshall, Texas 75671
Phone Orders (903) 927-2255
FAX (903) 927-1846 or (903) 935-1372
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2014 DIXIE SOFTBALL
STATE MEETING DATES AND PLACES
January 18
GEORGIA
Barnesville Civic Center
Barnesville
January 25
FLORIDA Holiday Inn
Lake City
January 25
NORTH CAROLINA
Hampton Inn & Suites
Aberdeen January 25
MISSISSIPPI
Holiday Inn Express
Laurel
January 25
VIRGINIA
Liberty Mtn. Conf. Ctr.
Lynchburg
January 26
TEXAS
The Reserve
Longview
February 1
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It is not always the Manager who wins the most trophies who does the
best job. The Manager who works long and hard to develop youngsters
with little talent, and who teaches the lessons of life which carry into adulthood .  .  . although he has few trophies to show, he ultimately is the most
successful. Yesterday’s trophies soon fade away, character lasts a lifetime.
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11.Softball with division names of
2.DSI
Dixie Softball, Inc. logo
3.Dixie Girls Softball
12.Division names of DIXIE
4.Dixie Softball
SWEETEES, DIXIE DARLINGS,
5.Dixie FastPitch Softball
DIXIE LASSES, DIXIE ANGELS,
6.Dixie SlowPitch Softball
DIXIE PONYTAILS, DIXIE
7.“Little Dixie” logo
BELLES, DIXIE DEBS
8.“Little Dixie” in any manner
13.THE PITCH
9.Softball with crossed American and 14.Dixie Softball Sub-District, District,
Confederate flags logo
State, and/or World Series
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No use of any of these trademarks is permitted without the expressed
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